AU defence chiefs meet in Mali over terrorism
This is contained in a statement issued in Abuja on Friday by the Acting Director of Defence Information, Col. Rabe Abubakar.
The statement said the Chief of Defence Staff, Gen. Gabriel Olonisakin, presented Nigeriaâ€™s counter-insurgency report at the forum holding in Bamako, Mali.
It said that the meeting would strengthen cooperation in furtherance of multinational approach to fighting against terrorism that was ravaging African regions.
â€œThe meeting is aimed at engendering participants to partner on the enhancement of security cooperation and the conceptualisation of the African Peace and Security Architecture in the Sahel-Saharan region.
â€œThe meeting will discuss terrorism which has become a global problem and requires collective approach toward addressing the menace.â€™â€™
It said the meeting was also focusing on threats posed by Boko Haram in Nigeria and other member countries of the Lake Chad Basin Commission and the threats of Al-Shabab in Central Africa.
â€œThis is to promote a shared assessment of the threats and risks in the affected regions. â€œThe meeting proposes to classify the threats and risks in the regions into four major categories which include Terrorism, Organised crime (Drugs, Arms and Human Trafficking), Illegal Immigration and Separatism.â€
It said the meeting marked a new phase in the promotion of regional security and a united front by AU members in the fight against terrorism.
NAN recalls that Olonisakin, since assumption of office, had been working round the clock and collaborating with other countries to tackle insecurity and terrorism in the sub-region.
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