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Senegal signs accord giving US forces permament access to the country

Soldiers parade during the closing ceremony of the three-week joint military exercise between African, US and European troops, on February 29, 2016 in Saint LouisSenegal and the United States on Monday signed a defence accord allowing “the permanent presence” of American soldiers in the west African country, especially to help fight against the terrorist threat. A key point of the accord will give US troops access to areas in Senegal, such as airports and military installations, in order to respond to security or health needs, according to officials, who did not talk about US bases in the country. The accord allows for “the permanent presence of American soldiers in Senegal” and aims to “face up to the common difficulties in security” in the region, said Senegalese Foreign Minister Mankeur Ndiaye at the signing alongside the US ambassador to Dakar, James Zumwalt.

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