NIGERIA, EGYPT ARMED FORCES PARTNERSHIP: A PANACEA TOWARDS EFFECTIVE COUNTER-TERRORISM - CDS
The Chief of Defence Staff (CDS), General Lucky Irabor has said the Nigerian Armed Forces will partner with the Egyptian Armed Forces towards building a formidable force in the fight against terrorists and terrorism in the Country.
Irabor made the disclosure on Tuesday at the Defence Headquarters, Abuja during the opening of the Second Conference on Military Cooperation between the Armed Forces of Nigeria and the Armed Forces of Egypt.
According to him, the Egyptian Armed Forces has vast experience in the fight against terrorists in the Sinai and the Magreb region and would bring their wealth of experience into play with the Armed Forces of Nigeria towards building a formidable partnership in the ongoing counter-terrorism fight within the country.
In attendance at the meeting was the Egyptian delegation led by the Assistant Minister of Defence of Egypt, Major General Mohammed El Dein Hassan.
The CDS who was represented by the Chief of Defence, Policy and Plans, Air Vice Marshal Ayo Jolasimi is optimistic that the agreement when finalized, would translate into improved training opportunities in the areas of equipment maintenance, counter Improvised Explosive Device (IED), maintenance and border security, among other areas of interest.
“Egypt and Nigeria are major players on the African continent and a meeting by both parties should be for the interest of the continent.
“Four of the items which involved training and collaboration were to take place in Egypt, while three items were to take place in Nigeria.
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“Among the four are the training for special forces, Air Defence operations, collaboration towards making the Defence Industries Corporation of Nigeria achieve its mandate and military museums.
While commending the amicable relationship in place between the two countries, the CDS added that further collaboration in other areas such as medical, counter IEDs, equipment maintenance, border security and engineering support services can also be exploited.
“And as the talks’ progress, any other issue relevant shall be put on the table, including intelligence training”, he added.