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China to strengthen ECOWAS ties

26 November 2013, 11:11Augustine Osayande

Abuja - China has pledged to support the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) standby force (ESF) improve the effectiveness of the regional security architecture

Deputy Chief of Foreign Affairs in China’s Ministry of National Defence, Major General Hu Changming, made the commitment during a courtesy call on the ECOWAS Commissioner for Political Affairs, Peace and Security, Salamatu Hussaini Suleiman, in Abuja.

He said the support would help address the logistic and capacity development needs of the ESF.

The visitor, who was at the Commission as part of a week-long tour of Africa praised ECOWAS for its remarkable effort in promoting peace and security in the region including the ongoing ECOWAS mission in Guinea Bissau and recently in Mali where some 6 000 strong African-led force (AFISMA)  was replaced in July 2013 by United Nations forces.

Under the regional security architecture, the ESF consists of dedicated units in the armed forces of ECOWAS Member States that are deployed as an initial response to any crisis in the region.

In her response, Commissioner Suleiman stressed the value of improving the logistic and capacity needs of the ESF.

She added that the construction of the force’s permanent Headquarters in Abuja would enhance its effectiveness.

– CAJ News


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