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Readout of Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for African Affairs Chidi Blyden’s Meeting With Sierra Leone Deputy Minister of Defence Muana Massaquoi and Chief of Defence Staff Lt. GEN Sullay Sesay

Aug. 2, 2022

Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense (DASD) for African Affairs Chidi Blyden met with Sierra Leone Deputy Minister of Defence Muana Massaquoi and Chief of Defence Staff Lt. GEN Sullay Sesay on August 01, 2022 at the Ministry of Defence in Freetown to discuss our military partnership and security challenges in the region.

DASD Blyden, Deputy Minister Massaquoi, and Lt. GEN  Sullay reaffirmed the importance of the U.S.-Sierra Leonean bilateral security and defense relationship.  The leaders exchanged ideas and views on maritime security, countering Illegal, Unreported and Unregulated (IUU) fishing, counterterrorism and how to bolster cooperation to address mutual security concerns.

DASD Blyden and the DoD has made it a priority to reinforce the relationships, capacity and capability of West African nations.  This engagement and other future outreach to African partners will help to address the most pressing security concerns on the continent and enable countries to learn from each other and work together.