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East African countries reaffirm their commitment to strengthen peace and security

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Member States of the East African Community (EAC) on Monday reaffirmed their commitment to strengthen peace and security in the region by providing their armed forces, police and security actors with training on peace support operations.

A statement from the EAC headquarters in Arusha, northern Tanzania, said the reaffirmation was made at the end of the 12th EAC Armed Forces Field Training Exercise, dubbed “Ushirikiano Imara 2022”, a Kiswahili term translated into English as “Strong Cooperation 2022”.

The statement said the two-week training held in Jinja, Uganda was aimed at building the capacity of the defense forces of EAC member states to jointly combat the complex security challenges facing the region.

Peter Mathuki, Secretary General of the EAC, said the region continues to face real and potential complex emergencies, which can easily translate into threats to the social, economic, cultural and political well-being of the people. from East Africa.

“These threats range from porous borders and the proliferation of small arms and light weapons, to internal conflicts, terrorism and insecurity and it is therefore essential that the region develops its capacity to manage these emergencies and threats” , said Mathuki.

He added that “we need unity, peace, stability and strength to defend our common interests as East Africans. This will indeed provide a conducive and attractive environment for investment and development in the region.

The statement said the training was attended by contingents from all EAC member states except for the region’s newest member, the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).

Other EAC member states are Burundi, Kenya, South Sudan, Rwanda, Tanzania and Uganda. Final article

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