Nigeria, China sign MOU on counter-insurgency

2018/10/01 – The Federal Government and the Peoples Republic of China, have signed a Memorandum of Understanding for the Chinese to assist the Armed Forces of Nigeria to strengthen its counter-insurgency capabilities.

Minister of Defence, Brig. Gen. Mansur Dan-Ali (Retd) signed the document on behalf of the Nigerian government while the Chinese Ambassador to Nigeria, Dr. Ziyou Pingjian signed on behalf of the Chinese at a short ceremony held in Abuja, on Thursday.

This was contained in a statement signed by the Public Relations Officer to the Minister, Colonel Tukur Gusau.

The statement read in part, “The signing of the  MOU was a  follow up to the visit of President Muhammadu Buhari to China in September 2018 were discussions on infrastructure financing for strategic projects and gratis for the Armed Forces was held with the Chinese President  Mr. Xi Jinping.”

The Punch / Sahel-Elite Image: Minister of Defence, Retired Brig.-Gen. Mansur Dan-Ali. Punch file photo

Iran Defense minister arrives in Mauritania (09/01)

2019/01/10 – Iran’s Defense Minister Amir Hatami arrived in Nouakchott on Wednesday at the head of a high-ranking delegation. He is slated to hold talks with the top-ranking officials of Mauritania during his trip to the African state. He will talk with the country’s president and defense minister.

Mauritania is a major Muslim country in Northwest Africa.

IRNA / Sahel-Elite

Ukraine deploys 20 military personnel to UN mission in Mali

2019/09/01 – President Petro Poroshenko has signed a decree to send up to 20 officers of the Armed Forces of Ukraine to participate in the UN mission in Mali.

This is stated in the relevant presidential decree, published on the website of the head of state.

« To send Ukraine’s national personnel (made up of military officers of the Armed Forces of Ukraine) of up to 20 people to participate in the United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in Mali, » the decree says.

The president also ordered « the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine to take measures to ensure the implementation of Article 1 of this decree. »

According to the document, the deployment of Ukrainian military will promote the maintenance of international peace and security and meet the national interests of the state.


Sahel-Elite Image: President Petro Poroshenko

China to deepen security cooperation with Africa: FM

2019/09/01 – China is desirous to enhance its cooperation with Africa in the areas of peace building and security, the visiting foreign minister said in Ethiopia of East Africa on Friday.

A dialogue for security will be launched between China and Africa, the Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi said during his meeting with African Union Commission Chairperson Moussa Faki in Addis Ababa, the capital of Ethiopia. Continuer à lire … « China to deepen security cooperation with Africa: FM »

Libya/UK – Interior Minister discusses with Scotland Yard representative common security issues

2019/09/01 – Interior Minister of the PC, Fathi Pashagha, discussed with the Scotland Yard representative for terrorism and training, Richard Clark, inter alia, matters relating to security issues of common concern.

This came during a meeting held at the Interior Ministry in Tripoli on Tuesday, according to the ministry’s Facebook.

The meeting focused on ways to enhance security cooperation between the Libyan Interior Ministry and Scotland Yard Police.

Libya Observer / Sahel-Elite

EU to establish new HQ in Libya and Tunisia for border governance and security reform

2019/09/01 – The European Union (EU) have chosen Tripoli and Tunisia as the HQ of the governing board for borders and reform of security services in Libya.

Tunisie-telegraph website reported Monday that the EU will launch the operation in January with a budget of more than 61 million euros, to continue until January 2020.

The operation aims to train 38 Libyan security elements with the participation of 15 countries under the supervision of Italy, according to the Tunisian site.

Libya Observer


Algeria shuts southern borders to Syrians over security fears #Niger #Mali

2019/03/01 – Algeria has barred all Syrians from entering the country via its southern border with Mali and Niger to keep out members of defeated rebel groups from Syria deemed to pose a security risk, a senior official said on Wednesday.Hassen Kacimi, the official in charge of migrants policy at the interior ministry, told Reuters that Syrians seeking refuge in Algeria in this way were suspected to be Islamist militants and were not welcome. Continuer à lire … « Algeria shuts southern borders to Syrians over security fears #Niger #Mali »