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Visit of Maggie Nardi to Mauritius

The Deputy Assistant Secretary (DAS) for Africa and the Middle East in the Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs (INL) Maggie Nardi visited Mauritius April 25-26, 2024, as part of the United States’ commitment to strengthening international cooperation in combating drug trafficking and enhancing maritime security across the Indian Ocean region.

This visit amplified the ongoing partnership between the United States and Mauritius and emphasizes the collaborative efforts required to ensure security and justice across the Indian Ocean region.

During her visit, DAS Nardi participated in the First Ministerial Conference on Drug Trafficking and Substance Abuse in the West Indian Ocean, which was held at the InterContinental Resort in Balaclava. She was also joined by representatives from the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA). The conference focused on developing a holistic approach to curbing the drug menace and brought together regional and international stakeholders to discuss strategies in four key areas: prevention, supply chain disruption, enhancement of health and social services, and strengthening cooperation.

During remarks at the Ministerial Conference, DAS Nardi said,

“This conference is a pivotal platform for partnership, reflecting our shared commitment to addressing the complex challenge of drug trafficking that affects us all. We are pleased to see Mauritius join the U.S.-led Global Coalition to Address Synthetic Drug Threats. Together, we aim to strengthen our alliances and innovate our approaches to safeguard our communities. »

In addition to her conference participation, DAS Nardi held bilateral discussions with the Mauritius Revenue Authority and Director of Public Prosecutions focusing on strengthening legal frameworks and judicial cooperation against threats posed by international drug trafficking and synthetic drugs.

DAS Nardi discussed the significant support that INL has provided to Mauritius’ Director of Public Prosecutions, including the procurement of an advanced electronic case management system that will improve the efficiency of case processing and management within the judicial system. This initiative is part of the broader INL efforts to support rule of law projects globally.

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