The constitution establishes separation of religion and state and the responsibility of the state to respect and protect legally recognized religious groups. There were no reports of significant government action affecting religious freedom.
Some Muslim community members again reported concerns about what they termed “stricter” Islamic practices taught by foreign imams to the local Muslim population.
There is no permanent U.S. diplomatic presence in the country. U.S. embassy personnel from Dakar, Senegal, met with high-level government officials as well as leaders of various religious communities to promote religious freedom and tolerance. In September embassy representatives from Dakar met and discussed religious activity and freedom with representatives of the National Union of Imams.