Egyptian military spokesman Tamer El-Refaei
Participants at the 13th Ordinary Meeting of the African Union's Specialised Technical Committee on Defense, Safety and Security (STCDSS) welcomed the Egyptian president’s proposal to form an African counterterrorism unit, Egyptian military spokesman Tamer El-Refaei said in a statement on Thursday.
In February, during the 33rd AU Summit in Addis Ababa, President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi said that Egypt was ready to host a special African summit to discuss setting up an African force tasked with fighting terrorism on the African continent.
The participants at the 13th Ordinary Meeting also welcomed the Cairo Roadmap on Enhancing Peacekeeping Operations proposed by Egypt in the earlier version of the STCDSS meeting.
The meeting, which was held virtually from 2 to 5 November, aims at consolidating joint efforts across the African continent to support peace.
An Egyptian delegation of representatives from the ministries of defence, interior and foreign affairs participated in this meeting, said the spokesman.
Many decisions related to security and peace in Africa were taken, El-Refaei added.
The meeting included decisions related to endorsing the ‘Silencing the Guns in Africa by 2020’ initiative created by the African Union and the AU Peace Support Operations Doctrine, the spokesman explained.
In December last year, Egypt hosted the 12th STCDSS and the 15th Ordinary Meeting of the African Chiefs of Defence Staffs in the New Administrative Capital. Experts and officials from the AU Peace and Security Commission participated in the meeting.
The Silencing the Guns initiative is a drive to end the conflicts that plague the continent and create conditions conducive to development.
The initiative serves as a roadmap for African peace and security, providing new mechanisms to bring an end to conflict, halt the spread of terrorist groups and stem the attrition that violence and bloodshed wreak on lives, societies, and resources.