On January U.S. Navy Sixth Fleet Vice Commander, Rear Admiral Calvin M. Foster, visited Madagascar to strengthen maritime security cooperation between the two countries. After a meeting with U.S. Ambassador Claire Pierangelo, he toured the Regional Maritime Information Fusion Center, and met with the Malagasy Navy Chief of Staff and Minister of Fisheries and Blue Economy with U.S. Embassy representatives to discuss information sharing, capacity and skills building, and the joint effort against illegal, unreported, and unregulated (IUU) fishing. He also noted the U.S. invitation for Madagascar to participate in both the upcoming maritime security exercise CUTLASS EXPRESS in February, and the Africa Maritime Forces Summit in Ghana in April.
Combating illegal fishing requires global solutions, RDML Foster emphasized the importance of continued international cooperation at national, regional, and continent-wide levels to sustain the progress Madagascar has made. The U.S. is committed to supporting Madagascar’s efforts to reclaim its maritime sovereignty and maintain the bounty of its fisheries for the Malagasy people.
Together, the U.S. and Madagascar are working towards a secure and sustainable maritime environment.