Eastern Africa Standby Force concludes 'Mashariki Salaam II' drill in Sudan

The drills included troops from Sudan, Somalia, Djibouti, Kenya, Uganda, Seychelles, Comoro Islands, Ethiopia, Rwanda and Burundi.

Established in 2004, Eastern Africa standby force (EASF) is a regional organization whose mandate is to enhance peace and security in the Eastern Africa region.

It is one of the five regional multidimensional Forces of the African Standby Force (ASF) consisting of Military, Police and Civilian components.

The drill – dubbed Mashariki Salaam II – included troops from Sudan, Somalia, Djibouti, Kenya, Uganda, Seychelles, Comoro Islands, Ethiopia, Rwanda and Burundi.

Sudan’s Defence Minister Awad ibn Auf, addressing the exercise’s closing ceremony, said the EASF was ready to confront terrorist elements that are active in some countries of the region.

“The mechanism of the Eastern Africa multinational forces is in contact with regional and international forces to intervene at all levels,” Xinhua quotes him to have said.

EASF head of mission, Ambassador Issimail Chanfi said the drill was an assurance that the authority had the ability to send troops to peace missions in the region.

“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 said.

He added that the exercise has 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 cooperation and team spirit among the exercise participants were quite impressive,” he noted.

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