SUDAN TO CARRY OUT SEPARATE MILITARY DRILLS WITH U.A.E., QATAR IN DEC

Sudan’s Deputy Chief of Joint Staff, Lt. Gen. Yahya Khair, announced the completion of arrangements, for carrying out separate military drills with the UAE and Qatar, next month.

He said, the Port Sudan area would witness a joint military exercise between the Sudanese and UAE armed forces, while another drill will be implemented with the Qatari armed forces in the Red Sea State.

Meanwhile, the field training exercise “East Peace-II” of the Eastern Africa Standby Force (EASF), was launched on Friday, at the Jabait military base.

In a speech during the opening of the drill, Khair said, Sudan is keen on making the exercise a success, noting that “our vision is to enhance peace, discard disputes and manage crises through regional cooperation.

For his part, Abdullah Abu Ali, a senior official of ESAF, said, the drill aims to experience operational readiness, which is related to ESAF’s ability to coordinate and work jointly with different components.

The African Union wants ESAF to play a big role in maintaining security and stability of the region and the continent, through settling disputes, boosting political stability and addressing current challenges, like terrorism and human trafficking, he pointed out.

ESAF was established in 2004 in Addis Ababa, by an African Union resolution. It consists of Military, Police and Civilian components.

Source: NAM News Network