Ambassador Bonnie Jenkins, State Department Coordinator for Threat Reduction Programs, traveled to Camp Lemonnier, Djibouti October 13-15 to meet with and provide briefings to the leadership and staff of the Combined Joint Task Force-Horn of Africa (CJTF-HOA), CJTF-HOA liaison officers from Kenya, Uganda, Djibouti, Comoros and Mauritius, representatives from the Djiboutian government, and resident diplomats and military staff from the Germany, France, Romania, EU, NATO, Japan, and the Republic of Korea.
CJTF-HOA conducts operations in the East Africa region to build partner nation capacity in order to promote regional security and stability and prevent conflict. During her visit,
Ambassador Jenkins provided briefings on policies, plans, and programs to prevent and respond to the smuggling of nuclear material and biological threats, as well as efforts to help African countries enhance border and port security. In response to growing African interest in potential uranium mining and milling activities, Ambassador Jenkins addressed the importance of African countries developing appropriate regulatory infrastructures to protect public health and the environment. She also highlighted recent United Nations Security Council Resolutions (UNSCRs) reflecting international efforts to resolve concerns over Iran’s nuclear program, including UNSCR 1929, which requires that member states refuse Iranian access to or investment in their uranium reserves. Regarding the Proliferation Security Initiative (PSI), she noted that increased African representation within the PSI would facilitate and enhance African and global efforts to combat the threat of weapons of mass destruction proliferation. In all of these areas, she emphasized the need for close cooperation with Eastern African states, and suggested some mechanisms for that cooperation.
These meetings marked another step in U.S. efforts to deepen and expand cooperation, collaboration, and coordination with African partners to facilitate the legitimate use of sensitive materials, equipment, and technologies, manage potential public and environmental impacts associated with the use of nuclear materials, and reduce the risk of nuclear and biological threats.