Eastern Africa Standby Force (EASF) today embarked on the 32nd policy organs meeting in Nairobi.

The five days meeting themed ‘A Capability of Choice for Peace, Security, and Integration in the Eastern Africa Region,’ was presided over by Kenya’s Vice Chief of the Defence Forces Lieutenant General Jonah Mwangi, who expressed gratitude to all the delegates for accepting the invitation to critically analyze the current security situation and facilitate realistic recommendations to the head principals.

“It is our sacred duty as essential stakeholders to lay the building blocks of security stability in the region at a time when each member state is faced with unique realities of insecurity. With this understanding, it is incumbent on us to engage in discussions that will yield coherent security plans and enhance operational efficiency among the member states,” said Lt Gen Mwangi

His remarks were echoed by the Chief of Strategic Plans and Policy at the Defence Headquarters, Brigadier Richard Mwanzia, who emphasized enhancing EASF’s mandate and discussing the key issues that hold sway over peace in the region such as terrorism and intra-state tensions.

As a premier organ that plays an important role in security and economic growth, EASF is keen on ensuring that diplomatic relations among the member states are cordial and functional.

The countries present for the five-day policy meeting are Burundi, Comoros, Djibouti, Ethiopia, Kenya, Rwanda, Seychelles, Somalia, Sudan, and Uganda.

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