Egypt, Togo continue Sahel-Saharan joint exercise to combat terrorism

Groups of army personnel from Egypt and Togo continued the second round of the joint military exercise of Sahel-Saharan States to combat terrorism at Mohamed Naguib base, with the participation of special forces from both countries.

Theoretical lectures were given to unify concepts, learn about the combat experiences of both sides, and implement many planned practical activities, according to the Egyptian army spokesman Tamer al-Rifae.

The training comes within the framework of the efforts made by Egypt and the Armed Forces to enhance the fighting capabilities of the Sahel-Saharan States to confront any dangers that may face the region and threaten the security and stability of Africa.

Ibrahim Sani Abani, secretary general of the Community of Sahel-Saharan States (CEN-SAD), said in 2018 that Egypt has always offered help to other African states. Abani said that Egypt has supported CEN-SAD states by providing their defense and security forces with 1,000 training grants, following a meeting between CEN-SAD defense ministers in 2016.

Concerning counterterrorism efforts, Abani said that Egypt has actually backed the Sahel-Saharan Anti-Terrorism Center, adding that safety and security are keys to progress, as investment and two-way trade cannot be carried out amid the spread of terrorism and state of instability.

President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi held a joint press conference on May 25, 2017 with President Alpha Conde of Guinea, which is one of the subsequent members of the CEN-SAD. Sisi agreed on enhancing security and military coordination to combat terrorism and organized crime in the Sahel region.

Presidents Sisi and Conde reaffirmed their determination to set up a regional center to combat terrorism. Sisi expressed his optimism that this center shall contribute positively to enhancing regional cooperation regarding counterterrorism efforts.

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