GEBEIT, SUDAN, The Eastern Africa Standby Force (EASF) has concluded a field training exercise, codenamed “Mashariki Salaam II”, at the Gebeit military base in eastern Sudan.
The drills were launched with participation of combat units from Sudan, Somalia, Djibouti, Kenya, Uganda, Seychelles, Comoro Islands, Ethiopia, Rwanda and Burundi.
Sudanese Defence Minister Awad ibn Auf, addressing the exercise’s closing ceremony here Sunday, said the EASF was ready to confront terrorist elements active in some countries of the sub-region.
“The mechanism of the Eastern Africa multinational forces is in contact with regional and international forces to intervene at all levels,” he said.
Noting that “some of the eastern African countries are still experiencing internal conflicts and terrorist operations”, he added: “I assure that it is time to face these challenges.”
In the meantime, EASF Head of Mission, Ambassador Issimail Chanfi, said: “This exercise has confirmed that the EASF is moving to higher levels of professionalism, and indeed the EASF has the capability to effectively deploy in a real peace operation mission.”
He added that the exercise had actualized the capacity for the EASF to operate in a multidimensional and multinational setup.
“Indeed the isolated environment of Gebeit was ideal for maximum concentration, where the levels of co-operation and team spirit among the exercise participants was quite impressive,” he noted.
Established in 2004, the EASF is one of the five sub-regional multi-dimensional forces of the African Standby Force, and assigned to enhance peace and security in the eastern African region.
Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK