Togo Takes Part in Joint Military Exercises with Sahel Alliance and Chad

Tuesday, 28 May 2024 16:09
Togo Takes Part in Joint Military Exercises with Sahel Alliance and Chad

(Togo First) - Togo is participating in joint military exercises with the Sahel Alliance (AES) countries, including Mali, Niger, Burkina Faso, and Chad. In a complex security context marked by increasing terrorist activity in West Africa, the five countries launched a joint exercise named "Tarhanakale" near the Malian border in Tillia this week.

The initiative, announced by the Nigerien Ministry of Defense, is taking place at the Special Forces training center, funded by Germany and recently equipped by the United States. The training sessions, concluding on June 3, aim to strengthen the operational capacities of the AES armed forces, formed after Niger, Mali, and Burkina Faso withdrew from ECOWAS.

For Togo, these exercises come in the context of combating the jihadist threat at its northern border. President Faure Gnassingbé recently called for a rethink of international and regional collaboration to better fight the terrorist challenge, particularly through a "new military cooperation organization" in West Africa.

The AES aims to consolidate a regional approach to terrorist threats while moving away from traditional French influence and turning towards new partnerships, including with Russia.

Ayi Renaud Dossavi

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