The US Department of Defense highlighted that Lloyd Austin's trip, which takes place between September 23 and 28, demonstrates "the commitment" of the Americans "to strengthening partnerships and increasing regional security on the African continent".
During the trip to Luanda, Lloyd Austin will focus "on building stronger defense relationships and exploring paths for greater military-to-military cooperation between the US and Angola", highlighted the Department of Defense in a statement.
In Djibouti, the North American president will hold meetings with senior officials from this African country "to discuss ongoing military cooperation, regional security challenges and opportunities for greater collaboration."
In Nairobi, Austin is scheduled to meet with Kenyan defense officials on "shared security interests and counter-terrorism efforts."
During his trip, the Secretary of Defense will also visit US military personnel deployed in Djibouti and Kenya, reiterating the Department of Defense's appreciation and gratitude for "their service and dedication in promoting peace and security in the region."