In­dia of­fers as­sis­tance in fight­ing B/Haram

Daily Trust - - INTERNATIONAL -

In­dia has of­fered to share its ex­pe­ri­ence in in­sur­gency op­er­a­tions with African coun­tries im­pacted with the scourge of IS-af­fil­i­ated ter­ror group Boko Haram, with Cameroon for­eign min­is­ter Le­je­une Mbella Mbella mak­ing a spe­cific re­quest to In­dia’s Ex­ter­nal Af­fairs min­is­ter Sushma Swaraj.

Dur­ing their bi­lat­eral meet­ing on the side­lines of In­dia-Africa Fo­rum Sum­mit, Cameroon for­eign min­is­ter Mbella gave a de­tailed pic­ture on how mil­i­tancy had af­fected not just Nige­ria, but also Cameroon, Niger, Chad and Benin.

Mbella then asked for In­dian help in ca­pac­ity build­ing to strengthen Cameroon’s de­fence forces, es­pe­cially in con­text of Boko Haram.

“They wanted In­dia to help them in ca­pac­ity build­ing in de­fence sec­tor, so that the com­bined forces which are right now com­bat­ing Boko Haram can be strength­ened. We have agreed to look at pos­i­tively at this re­spect,” min­istry of ex­ter­nal af­fairs joint sec­re­tary (West Africa) San­jeev Kohli told re­porters.

Kohli said that In­dia will call for a meet­ing be­tween ex­perts to gauge the needs of the Cameroo­nian de­fence forces. He in­di­cated that it could be in the shape of spe­cial­ized train­ing pro­grams and in­for­ma­tion ex­change, but fur­ther rounds of dis­cus­sions would be re­quired to firm up the na­ture of In­dian as­sis­tance.

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