Officials from countries contributing troops to the East African Standby Force are holding discussions in Addis Ababa this week about the manoeuvres it plans to conduct in Sudan in November this year.

The four-day meeting has brought together diplomats, military officers and civilian officials to confer on ways of conducting the manoeuvres, says the Head of the Foreign Relations and Military Co-operation Affairs at the Ethiopian Ministry of Defence, Major General Desta Abchu.

He told the media here that soldiers, police and civilian officials from the 10 member countries will take part in the manoeuvres.

Recalling the holding of previous manoeuvres in other member countries, Gen Desta said the upcoming exercise was aimed at strengthening the capacity of the standby force.

Although there are budgetary and input constraints arising from tough economic conditions in some member countries, the plan had so far not faced any significant problem, he added.

During the meeting, diplomats and experts of member countries had held discussions first, followed by the military leaders and defence ministers conferring on Wednesday.

Source: NAM News Network