Botswana gets military assistance from the United States

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Botswana is set to receive military assistance from the United States.
Reports from Botswana say the US has allocated the Botswana Defence Force (BDF) about P4 million as part of the global war on terror by President George W. Bush.

Botswana and other African countries, will receive arms deliveries and increased military training from the US.

The budget request by the US State Department and Defence Department for the financial year 2009 indicates that America will spend about P3.1 billion on military equipment and training in Africa.

The budget request is awaiting approval by the US Congress.
The other countries included in the military aid are Democratic Republic of the Congo, Djibouti, Ethiopia, Guinea Bissau, Kenya, Liberia, Nigeria, Senegal, South Africa, Sudan and Uganda.

In addition to direct assistance, the US will licence private commercial sales of military and police equipment of up to P620 million through the State Department.

It is said that the budget covers foreign military financing, international military education and training, and peace-keeping operations.

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