Botswana: Security Concerns Know No Boundary

Gaborone — Minister of Defence, Justice and Security, Mr Shaw Kgathi has reaffirmed government's strong commitment in maintaining peace and stability and improving governance in the African continent.

Officially opening the 7th African Land Forces Summit (ALFS), Mr Kgathi indicated that peace attainment and security were strong catalysts towards sustainable development in Africa.

He appreciated the African Land Forces Summit, saying it afforded member states an opportunity to support one another through a rigorous review of policies, processes and best practices.

Minister Kgathi stated that the summit brought African leaders together to discuss issues of common interest and collaborative solutions to security issues.

"Solving complex security problems that cross borders, stretch across regions and impact other continents requires an understanding of the security environment and trust between military leaders, hence senior leader engagements are important facet of developing trusting relationships," he said.

Mr Kgathi noted that the ALFS as well as other bilateral and multilateral engagements were key to building and maintaining relationships with and among African partners.

He applauded the US for partnering with African land force militaries in conducting security cooperation activities and conducting joint and multinational exercises.

The minister noted that strong partnerships and sustained engagements forged over time support well trained and disciplined African armies that set basic security conditions needed for good governance and development to flourish.

ALFS mechanism, he said ought to be fully embraced by all members if they were to attain peace and prosperity for the people of Africa.

US Ambassador to Botswana, Mr Craig Cloud said 'both Botswana and the US are committed to supporting the rule of law through strengthening international cooperation against transnational organised crime and violet extremism through increased stability and security.'

Mr Cloud said the summit brought together senior military leaders from across the continent to strengthen coordination and collaboration across borders and militaries in the mobilisation of the Africa Standby Force.

He said it was important for African countries to work together in maintaining continental peace as security concerns know no borders, citing that a country could not stand alone against modern security threats such as diseases, natural disasters, terrorism and illicit trafficking.

"Partnership between the public and private sectors are outmost importance for our land forces to tackle modern security challenges.

Source : BOPA

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