Officials: Sudanese defense minister dies of heart attack

25/03/2020 – Sudan’s defense minister, Gen. Gamal al-Din Omar, died Wednesday of a heart attack while on an official visit to neighboring South Sudan, Sudanese military and government officials said Wednesday. He was 60.

Omar was in South Sudan’s capital of Juba, taking part in peace talks between his country’s transitional government and rebel groups, the officials said. He attended meetings that stretched into late Tuesday and died early Wednesday, the officials said. The was no further information. Continuer à lire … « Officials: Sudanese defense minister dies of heart attack »

Mali : La Norvège a rejeté une demande française d’envoyer des forces spéciales

24/03/2020 – La Norvège a pour le moment rejeté une demande française d’envoyer des forces spéciales au Mali, invoquant un manque de soutien politique à domicile, a annoncé lundi le gouvernement. La France a recherché un soutien international pour une force de soldats d’élite dirigée par la France pour opérer au Mali, un plan baptisé Opération Takuba.

« Nous sommes préoccupés par l’aggravation de la situation au Sahel et nous comprenons bien la nécessité de créer la task force Takuba », a déclaré le ministre de la Défense Frank Bakke-Jensen dans un communiqué. «Le gouvernement l’a examiné très attentivement et a consulté le Storting (parlement norvégien).» Compte tenu du manque de soutien au Parlement, il a conclu que la Norvège ne participerait pas pour le moment.

La semaine dernière, la Suède a annoncé qu’elle enverrait jusqu’à 150 soldats au Mali pour soutenir l’opération française. La force est censée opérer aux côtés des troupes maliennes sur le terrain.

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Seven Ukrainian sailors captured amid pirate attack on vessel off Africa

23/03/2020 – Seven Ukrainian sailors from the MSC Talia F container ship, flying the flag of Madeira, Portugal, have been captured by pirates in the Gulf of Guinea, off the coast of Africa.

The vessel was heading from the port of Lomé (Togo) to the port of Libreville (Gabon), the Seafarers journal.com said on March 22.

There were 17 crew members on board. During the attack, the pirates captured seven sailors, all of them are reportedly Ukrainian nationals.

There is no further information about the captives. The vessel continued its voyage, the publication said.

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Russian Arms Exports in 2019 Surpassed $15.2 Billion

23/03/2020 – Russia exported arms worth more than $15.2 billion in 2019, to around 50 different countries, Russian Deputy Defence Minister Alexander Fomin said.

« As of the end of last year, Russia maintains a leading position in the international arms market among the countries that are the main exporters of military products … The volume of exports of military products amounted to over 15.2 billion US dollars », Fomin said in an interview with the Russian Izvestia newspaper.

According to the deputy defence minister, Russia exported arms to around 50 different countries in 2019.

He also added that Russia signed agreements on military cooperation with Burkina Faso, Mali, Sudan, Suriname and the Republic of the Congo last year, which brings the total number of agreements to more than 100.

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An American efforts to convince fighting parties in Libya on a negotiable settlement to solve the crisis.

23/03/2020 – The American ambassador to Libya ‘Richard Norland’, said that his country is trying to convince the Libyan parties for negotiations, to solve the current crisis in the country, asserting Washington’s work to support a negotiable settlement. This came in a statement quoted by the embassy today Monday, from an interview made by the American ambassador ‘Norland’, with the London’s newspaper ‘The Arab Weekly’. The American embassy had called on Thursday for a humanitarian truce in Libya, which was declared last Saturday with fighting parties agreement for a humanitarian truce, in order to fight the new epidemic of Corona.

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Sudan’s intelligence chief resigns after Khartoum mutiny

18/01/2020 – Sudan’s spy chief Abu Bakr Mustafa has stepped down two days after a revolt in the capital Khartoum.

“The director of intelligence has resigned. He called us by telephone and we asked him to submit a written resignation, so we are now considering it,” General Abdel Fattah al-Burhan, the head of Sudan’s sovereign council, told state television on Wednesday. Continuer à lire … « Sudan’s intelligence chief resigns after Khartoum mutiny »

Rwanda, Israel meet over border protection

17/01/2020 – A one-day seminar on border protection jointly organised by the Rwandan and Israeli Defence ministries was held in Kigali on Wednesday.

According to Defence Minister Maj Gen Albert Murasira, the seminar provides an opportunity for Israeli and Rwandan participants to share lessons and experiences and come up with strategies “to better defend our people.” Continuer à lire … « Rwanda, Israel meet over border protection »