Eastern Africa Standby Force begins training in eastern Sudan

first_img#EASF FTX 2017 Forward Team Arrives in Port Sudan: (EASF photo)The Eastern Africa Standby Force (EASF) is in Sudan for a wide-ranging military exercises, aimed at boosting capabilities of the force, official said.More than 1,000 troops from 10 countries; Sudan, Ethiopia, Kenya, Uganda, Djibouti, Seychelles, Rwanda, Burundi, Somalia and Comoros will take part in the exercise.Sudanese Defence minister Mohamed Ali Salim said that the exercise is to continue till December 3, and will focus on boosting the capabilities of the forces with regard to peacekeeping in the region, conflict and terrorism management and combating human trafficking, among other transnational crimes. EASF Secretary General Abdullah Omar Boa said the exercise was a key test for the force’s abilities to respond to crisis situations in the region and beyond, when tasked to do so by the African Union, the East African reports.Military representatives from China, U.S. and the European Union will also attend.EASF is a regional force 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.EASF was established in 2004 for rapid deployment and intervention, peace support and stability operations and peace enforcement.last_img