Egypt pledges support for Africa in security sector

EGYPT has reasserted its resolve to collaborate in sharing experiences in policing with other Africa countries in a renewed effort to deal with security challenges of the continent.

“We are ready to share our experiences with all African countries to curb the security challenges of the continent”, Mr. Amr Alaasar, the Egyptian Deputy Minister of the Interior, said here yesterday.

Speaking to 25 African Chief Editors on a visit here, he explained that Egypt was pursuing a new foreign policy that would bring the country closer to other African countries

He told the journalists who called on him at the Police Academy where he is also the head that, over the years, Egypt had collaborated and trained over 7,000 police officers around the continent.

Alaasar mentioned terrorism, cross border and cyber crimes as some of the security challenges that African countries could collaborate to deal with.

The visit to the Academy by the Editors was part of a special programme arranged by the Egyptian Foreign Ministry through the Egyptian Agency of Partnership for Development, to expose them to the new foreign policy shift of the Egyptian government.

The Police Academy, established in 1907, is the largest Police Academy in Africa and the Arab world that trains police officers from 47 African countries annually.

It has recently trained 300 Afghan police and bill to train further 800 police officers from various African countries in various fields of policing.

The colleges include post-graduate, development and training, police research, a K-9 department that trains dogs.

Apart from providing training for other African countries, Egypt’s national security is firmly the responsibility of the college whose administrative head is also the Deputy Minister of the Interior.

Mr. Alaasar emphasized that it was the college that” takes care of national security and the Ministry of the Interior depends on it to resolve all security issues”.

He urged African countries to come together to combat crime which had become a major challenge in the world.

“We cannot tackle organised crime alone, it has to be dealt with within the continental context. “We have to collaborate on both internal and external security to make our continent safe”, he said.

Earlier, the delegation also called on Major General Mohamed Asmawy, who briefed the Editors on the operation of the Academy.

The Editors also visited the biggest Children C as nicer Hospital here in Cairo on Tuesday.

From Dave Agbenu,
Cairo, Egypt

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