An Egyptian delegation of the Defense Ministry participated in the 7th Meeting of Defense Ministers of the CEN-SAD Member States that was held in Abuja، Nigeria، on June 20-22.
The meeting’s agenda discussed means of fostering cooperation in combating terrorism via exchanging expertise and support in defense and security fields.
Assistant Defense Minister Mohamed el Keshki gave a speech on behalf of Defense and Military Production Minister Mohamed Zaki in which he asserted Egypt’s continuing support to the CEN-SAD member states and the Egyptian political leadership’s keenness to enhance cooperation to combat terrorism and entrench security and stability in the region.
During the meeting، the member states hailed Egypt’s efforts aiming at establishing a regional CEN-SAD center to confront terrorism.
They also thanked President Sisi for the establishment of the center as well as granting 2،000 scholarships to military personnel to study and receive training in Egypt.
Noteworthy that، Egypt has finished constructing the regional Sahel-Saharan Anti-Terrorism Center in Cairo، as part of President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi’s vow to combat terrorism that has expanded in the country since 2013.
The meeting also approved Abuja Announcement that underlined the importance of boosting security cooperation among member states to face all threats the region encounters.
The meeting was attended by representatives of the US، France، China، Britain، Russia and Saudi Arabia as monitors، in addition to officials and experts from seven international organizations، including the UN، Arab League، EU and African Union.