GHANENGCOY PIO, Mali

The Chief of the Army Staff (COAS) of the Ghana Armed Forces (GAF), Major General (Maj Gen) William Azure Ayamdo, has paid a courtesy call on the Forces Armées Maliennes (FAMA) Commander – Maj Gen Coulibaly Abdoulaye, at his office, in Bamako, to look into the growing incidences of insecurity in the Sahel region.

The friendly interaction, on 5 November 2019, which was part of the COAS’s visit to the Ghana Engineer Contingent serving with the United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in Mali (MINUSMA), was centered on finding solutions to the growing acts of terrorism in the entire Sahel, which the Commanders agreed was expanding into other peaceful nations, outside of the G5 Sahel, like Burkina Faso and others.

Maj Gen Ayamdo asserted that, FAMA and GAF have a lot in common, citing the border security of the two countries, and therefore urged for cooperation, to better share information willingly to protect their sovereignty.

The Army Chiefs shared areas that are top priorities to the security of both nations such as implementations of some security sector reforms and training exchange between the 2 Armed Forces in the future, for both Commissioned Officer category to recruit level and how to diversify training knowledge with sub-region.

FAMA Chief of Army Staff – Maj Gen Coulibaly, was confident of total peace and security in the near future in Mali, but lamented the deaths and attacks on his soldiers and intimated that his main challenges were recruiting, training and fighting at the same time – a task, he said was not easy to undertake.

General Coulibaly also praised the support of ECOWAS member countries and MINUSMA for helping Mali.

Maj Gen Ayamdo also customarily called on Ghana’s Ambassador to Mali, His Excellency Maj Gen Francis Adu-Amanfo (rtd), who stated that the African Continent must collaborate and own the concept to counter-terrorism within the G5 Sahel and urged countries outside the Sahel region, to build the capacity to assist the G5.

Maj Gen Adu-Amanfo (rtd) – past Director-General, Army Intelligence – said that good intelligence gathering and information sharing amongst Armed Forces of Africa, could check the insecurity crack.

The Ambassador further disclosed that the replacement of spare parts and maintenance of the Forces Armées Maliennes Aircraft CASA C-295M by the Ghana Air Force, in September 2019, was the result of information sharing, a feat which was a better alternative to the inconveniences of undertaking the maintenance in Europe.

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