African Land Forces Summit Day 1
ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia – Forty-two African land force chiefs and their representatives, and military and political leaders from the U.S., Europe and South America attended the African Land Forces Summit opening ceremony yesterday in Addis Ababa.
In his remarks, Ethiopia National Defense Force Chief of General Staff Gen. Adem Mohammed spoke about the significance of ALFS.
"This summit is an opportunity for the military leaders to explore the importance of developing defense institutions that develop and train professional and accountable military forces,” he said. “I hope our discussion this week will highlight the importance of collective efforts to realize our common goal of a safe, stable and prosperous African continent."
David Renz, deputy chief of mission at U.S. Embassy, Addis Ababa and Gen. Michael X. Garrett, the U.S. Army Forces Command Commanding General also spoke at the event.
Participants representing the continent’s northern and eastern regions included land chiefs from Benin, Burkina Faso, Cabo Verde, Cote d’Ivoire, The Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Liberia, Mauritania, Morocco, Niger, Nigeria, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Togo and Tunisia.
Land chiefs from the central region represented Burundi, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Democratic Republic of Congo, Djibouti, Egypt, Ethiopia, Gabon, Kenya, Republic of Congo, Rwanda, Somalia, Sudan, Tanzania and Uganda. Land chiefs from the southern region represented Botswana, Eswatini, Lesotho, Madagascar, Malawi, Mauritius, Mozambique, Namibia, Sao Tome & Principe and Zambia.
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