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Secretary Blinken’s Joint Meeting with Secretary Austin and President Bazoum, President Guelleh of Djibouti, a
December 14, 2022

The below is attributable to Spokesperson Ned Price:

Secretary of State Antony J.Blinken and Secretary of Defense Lloyd J. Austin met today with President Mohamed Bazoum of the Republic of Niger, President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud of the Federal Republic of Somalia, and President Ismail Omar Guelleh of the Republic of Djibouti.

Secretary Blinken and Secretary Austin emphasized that the United States greatly values our partners’ continued leadership and sacrifices in support of regional security. The Secretaries welcomed the close partnership all three countries have with U.S. military forces and underscored that advancing peace and security requires a whole of government approach that includes good governance, economic growth and opportunity, and professional security forces that respect human rights.