2024-07-13

U.S. Africa Command Chief denies claims of military base in Zambia

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Amidst recent assertions by Zimbabwean government officials, General Michael Langley, head of U.S. Africa Command (AFRICOM), has categorically denied allegations that the United States is establishing a military base in neighboring Zambia. Speaking from the African Chiefs of Defense Conference in Botswana during an online press briefing on Thursday, June 27, 2024, General Langley refuted these claims.

“That’s absolutely false,” General Langley stated unequivocally in response to Zimbabwe’s assertions. “We have no bases in Zambia. We have no plans to put one there.”

The denial comes amidst heightened speculation and concerns raised by Zimbabwean officials regarding purported U.S. intentions to relocate AFRICOM operations from Germany to Zambia. General Langley emphasized that the U.S. approach to its engagements in Africa remains “African-led and U.S.-enabled,” emphasizing collaboration and partnership with African nations.

The clarification from General Langley aims to address and dispel any misinformation surrounding U.S. military activities on the African continent, reaffirming the United States’ commitment to transparency and cooperation with African nations. As discussions continue at the African Chiefs of Defense Conference, the focus remains on fostering mutual understanding and advancing shared security objectives across the region.

In conclusion, General Michael Langley’s statements serve to clarify the U.S. position on military presence in Zambia, highlighting the importance of accurate information and diplomatic dialogue in international relations. The denial underscores ongoing efforts to maintain trust and collaboration with African partners while addressing regional security challenges through cooperative frameworks.

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