China’s growing peace and security role in Africa (MERICS)

15/07/2020 – The discussion of Sino-African relations continues to be dominated by China’s economic activities and aspirations. However, the People’s Republic has been working for more than a decade to establish itself as a serious actor in security policy on the African continent and has already made significant progress. All the indications are that China, with its security ambitions, is pursuing a systematic and holistic continent-wide approach, including arms supplies and military diplomacy, as well as deployment in peacekeeping missions and participation in military training. Continuer à lire … « China’s growing peace and security role in Africa (MERICS) »

UNSMIL discusses Security Sector Reform and Disarmament, Demobilization and Reintegration with Libya’s Tripoli government

13/07/2020 UNSMIL reported yesterday that it had held a virtual meeting on Saturday (11 Jult) with the Interior Ministry of Libya’s internationally recognized government in Tripoli on Security Sector Reform (SSR) and Disarmament Demobilization and Reintegration (DDR). The meeting included UNSMIL Acting head Stephanie Williams and Interior Minister Fathi Bashagha. Continuer à lire … « UNSMIL discusses Security Sector Reform and Disarmament, Demobilization and Reintegration with Libya’s Tripoli government »

Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Greece, Cyrpus, Bahrain urge UN not to register Turkish maritime boundaries deal with GNA #Libya

13/07/2020 – Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Greece, and Cyprus called on the United Nations not to register the maritime boundaries deal signed between Turkey and Prime Minister of the Government of the National Accord (GNA) Fayez al-Sarraj, according to a well-placed source at the UN. Continuer à lire … « Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Greece, Cyrpus, Bahrain urge UN not to register Turkish maritime boundaries deal with GNA #Libya »

Mali opposition says headquarters raided after mass protest

11/07/2020 – Mali’s opposition coalition said security forces had raided its headquarters on Saturday in the wake of violent protests against the president that saw the temporary occupation of state buildings and the arrest of a protest leader. Continuer à lire … « Mali opposition says headquarters raided after mass protest »

Trump’s Entry Into African Diplomacy Stumbles Over Nile Dispute

Donald Trump’s biggest foray into African affairs has not turned out well.

10/07/2020 – The U.S. president’s bid to resolve a long-running dispute over a Nile dam has failed to make a breakthrough, joining his unsuccessful efforts in crises from North Korea to Kosovo. Continuer à lire … « Trump’s Entry Into African Diplomacy Stumbles Over Nile Dispute »

Morocco makes new steps towards developing military industry

10/07/2020 – The kingdom will grant licenses for the manufacture of weapons and military and security equipment and for their export.

Morocco is seeking to modernise its armed forces and further develop its domestic military industry, a development experts say is achievable and even inevitable considering regional and international turbulence.Morocco is set to increase its defence budget in support of this ambition. On Monday, the kingdom announced related decisions taken during the Council of Ministers, chaired by  Moroccan King Mohammed VI. Continuer à lire … « Morocco makes new steps towards developing military industry »

Israel Shipyards Announces Agreement with African Navy for Supply of Two OPV 45 Offshore Patrol Vessels

09/07/2020 – Israel Shipyards ‒ one of the largest privately owned shipbuilding and repair facilities in the Eastern Mediterranean ‒ announces an agreement with an African navy for the supply of two OPV 45 offshore patrol vessels. The vessels were designed for a wide range of missions, including protection against the increasing threat of piracy in the region. Continuer à lire … « Israel Shipyards Announces Agreement with African Navy for Supply of Two OPV 45 Offshore Patrol Vessels »

Egypt will not allow militias to threaten its security: FM Shoukry at UN Security Council meeting on Libya

09/07/2020 – ‘We call on the international community to face the danger of the terrorist organisations in Libya,’ he said, adding that the Islamic State terrorist organisation has resurfaced once again in some Western Libyan cities.

Egyptian Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry told the United Nations Security Council on Wednesday that Egypt will not allow militias to threaten its security. Continuer à lire … « Egypt will not allow militias to threaten its security: FM Shoukry at UN Security Council meeting on Libya »

Tunisian military shoot at vehicles crossing illegally from Libya

08/07/2020 – Tunisian army troops on the border with Libya shot Tuesday night at vehicles that crossed into Tunisia, said a statement by the Tunisian Ministry of Defence.There were no reports of casualties. Continuer à lire … « Tunisian military shoot at vehicles crossing illegally from Libya »

Italian Senate approves funding for military mission in Libya

08/08/2020 – The Italian Senate has agreed to resume funding of Italy’s military mission in Libya to train Libyan coastguards in efforts to end illegal immigration.

260 MPs approved the funding motion at the Italian Senate, while 14 others opposed it and two MPs abstained from voting, as Five Stars Movement hailed the commitment of Italy to support the Government of National Accord in fighting illegal immigration, according to Italian news agency Aki. Continuer à lire … « Italian Senate approves funding for military mission in Libya »