Egyptian Minister of Defense Gen. Mohamed Zaki reaffirmed Egypt's permanent aim for more military and security cooperation with countries of the African continent.
Zaki also voiced aspirations to expand strategic partnerships with African partners to accelerate the path towards achieving peace, security, and stability for all peoples of the continent.
It is worth noting that Zaki has just concluded heading the 12th convention of the specialized technical committee for African defense, safety, and security in Cairo.
The convention’s meetings were hosted by the Egyptian Government for the first time during the period from December 15-19. Members of the African Union for Peace and Security Commission and African experts in the field of defense, security, and safety partook in the meetings.
“The meetings come within the framework of Egypt's constant eagerness to enhance joint cooperation between African countries, and its complete belief that the African continent is capable of addressing the challenges it faces, in order to achieve stability and peace for its people, and to consolidate the pillars of sustainable development,” Egypt's military spokesman Tamer al-Rifai said.
The meetings included several sessions discussing a number of important issues related to defense, security, and safety in Africa
The committee concluded its meetings by drafting a detailed report on the results of the discussions to be presented at the African countries' chiefs of staff meeting.
These meetings come within the framework of the political efforts to bring security, peace, and development to the African continent, especially with Egypt taking over the presidency of the African Union. They also aim to stop any hostilities in Africa.
Zaki, on the convention’s sidelines, met with his Somali, Chadian, South Sudan, Kenyan, and Cameron counterparts.