EASTERN AFRICA STANDBY FORCE LAUNCHES DRILLS IN SUDAN

GEBEIT, Sudan- The field training exercise of Eastern Africa Standby Force (EASF), dubbed “Mashariki Salaam II,” started Saturday in Gebeit military base in eastern Sudan.

A total of 10 eastern African countries are taking part in the exercise which will run until Dec. 6.

“This exercise will help the EASF to complete its readiness to carry out its assigned tasks, namely with regards to peacekeeping,” said Lt. Gen. Yahya Mohamed Khair, Sudan’s deputy chief of staff and chairman of EASF Committee of Chiefs of Defence Staff, when addressing the opening ceremony of the exercise.

Khair promised all necessary assistance from the Sudanese army to ensure the success of the exercise.

Abdillahi Omar Bouh, director of EASF, also highlighted the importance of the military exercise.

The exercise will “enhance the awareness of the ESAF within the region and beyond as well as maintain and enhance regional cohesion and cooperation,” he said.

Established in 2004, EASF is one of the five regional multidimensional forces of the African Standby Force, and assigned to enhance peace and security in the eastern African region.

Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK