SECNAV Meets with Gabonese President

Story Number: NNS140807-18Release Date: 8/7/2014 2:44:00 PM

From Secretary of the Navy Public Affairs

WASHINGTON (NNS) -- Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus met with Gabon President Ali Bongo Ondimba during an office call Aug. 7 at the Pentagon.

During the meeting, Mabus thanked Bongo for his participation in the recent U.S. Africa Leaders Summit and recognized Gabon as a critical partner in regional security.

Mabus also presented to Bongo the Gabon Maritime Assessment and Strategy, which was generated by the U.S. Navy as a result of a mutual agreement between Mabus and Bongo in August 2013, and provides a framework of recommendations for the achievement of maritime security for the people and interests of Gabon. The Department of the Navy is committed to supporting Gabon's maritime security and continuing to foster a strong partnership between U.S. and Gabonese maritime forces.

Mabus and Bongo closed the meeting by reaffirming their enduring partnership, a key priority to the United States and Gabon.

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