Praia, Sep 5 (Inforpress) – The United States ambassador to Cabo Verde, Donald Heflin, assured today that his country will not install any military base in the archipelago under the new Status of Forces Agreement (SOFA).
The diplomat, speaking to Inforpress to take stock of his mission ending on Monday, September 10, said that the United States does not intend to implement any military base in the archipelago and the new agreement signed between the governments of the two countries, in September of last year, is “legal” and respects the Constitution of the Republic.
Donald Helfin said that the debate surrounding this agreement “is normal”, but stressed that there may be other influences and an anti-American campaign on this issue, given that certain people, the diplomat said, do not understand that in the today’s globalized world, Cabo Verde not only needs support but also collaborate with other countries in terms of security.
The diplomat added that in addition to Cabo Verde, his country also has a security agreement and a Statute of Forces with Senegal and Portugal.
The new US-Cabo Verde Partnership Forces and Dialogue State Agreement was signed in Washington in September 25 by US Deputy Secretary of State for Political-Military Affairs Tina Kaidanow and the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Defense and Communities, Luís Filipe Tavares, in the presence of US Deputy Secretary of State Rob Scott and Prime Minister Ulisses Correia e Silva.
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