- Associated Press - Wednesday, May 6, 2015

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) - Officials from the African nations of Benin and Togo are in North Dakota this week to further their relationship with the North Dakota National Guard.

The Guard in February 2014 announced the partnership under a federal program that fosters security cooperation between the U.S. and other nations. The North Dakota Guard has had a relationship with the African nation of Ghana for more than a decade under the State Partnership Program.

Guard commander Maj. Gen. Dave Sprynczynatyk (sprihn-suh-NAT’-ihk) says military leaders and dignitaries from Benin and Togo will be touring notable sites in North Dakota this week and participating in a leadership conference.

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