EU to reinforce cross border cooperation in the Sahel

2019/20/02 – The European Union (EU) wishes to reinforce its regional approach in the Sahel region of Africa with the aim of supporting cross-border cooperation, and regional cooperation structures.

In support of the G5 countries, the EU council decided to make its work of common security and Defense policy (CSDP) more effective at the regional level. Continuer à lire … « EU to reinforce cross border cooperation in the Sahel »

UAE/Algeria – Mohammed bin Rashid receives Algerian Vice Minister of Defence

2019/19/02 – His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President, Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai, has received on Monday, Lt. General Ahmed Gaid Salah, Vice Minister of Defence and Chief of Staff of the People’s National Army in Algeria, during IDEX 2019 proceedings.His Highness welcomed the Algerian representative and his accompanying delegation, noting the importance of Arab nations participating in events like that of IDEX. Sheikh Mohammed highlighted the significance behind the UAE hosting events and exhibitions of a high calibre to build bridges of communication between friendly nations and peoples. Continuer à lire … « UAE/Algeria – Mohammed bin Rashid receives Algerian Vice Minister of Defence »

Italy/Niger Agreement Made Public Thanks to Freedom of Information Law #Military #Arms

2019/15/02 – The Italian organisations CILD, ASGI and Rete Disarmo have succeeded in their bid to be granted access to the content of an agreement concluded between Italy and Niger, despite opposition from the Italian government.

The three associations held a joint press conference on 6 February after winning their battle to access the content of the agreement. Continuer à lire … « Italy/Niger Agreement Made Public Thanks to Freedom of Information Law #Military #Arms »

Algeria/Russia – Russian defense firm views BrahMos project as ‘ideal example’ of military cooperation

2019/13/02 – Russia’s Tactical Missiles Corporation considers the Russian-Indian BrahMos project as an ideal example of military and technical cooperation, Corporation CEO Boris Obnosov said on Thursday.

« This is one of the examples of military and technical cooperation between the two countries, which is effective and useful for both states, » the chief executive said. Continuer à lire … « Algeria/Russia – Russian defense firm views BrahMos project as ‘ideal example’ of military cooperation »

India Follows Chinese Footsteps in Africa With First Multi-Nation Military Drill

2019/10/02 – The 10-day joint exercise named « India-Africa Field Training » will be conducted with a focus on anti-terror operations, humanitarian action, and joint peace operations at the Aundh Military station and College of Military Engineering in Pune, India.

The first ever field exercise between the armed forces of India and African countries have been scheduled for March this year. Twelve African nations, including Nigeria, Egypt, Ghana, Kenya, South Africa, Senegal, Sudan, Tanzania, Zambia, Namibia, Mozambique, and Uganda will join in the 10-day exercise to be hosted in the Indian city of Pune from March 18. Continuer à lire … « India Follows Chinese Footsteps in Africa With First Multi-Nation Military Drill »

Mali/Estonia – Defence minister meets EDF personnel in Mali

2019/01/24 – Minister of Defence Jüri Luik (Pro Patria) visited members of ESTPLA-28, the Estonian contingent stationed in the West African country of Mali, during his visit there on Wednesday.

Mr Luik recognised the Estonian soldiers for their contribution towards ensuring the security of Estonia and its allies, during a visit aimed at getting acquainted with the situation on the ground and the work of Estonian Defence Forces (EDF) personnel.
Continuer à lire … « Mali/Estonia – Defence minister meets EDF personnel in Mali »

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