KAMPALA, Sept. 05, (Xinhua) - Military forces from 13 African countries have completed a one-week joint military training exercise aimed at equipping them with skills to respond to crises on the continent.
A statement issued by the Ugandan military late on Monday said the joint Command Post Exercise under the African Capacity for Immediate Response to Crises (ACIRC) Volunteer Nations equipped the over 350 troops with skills to work together to ensure security and safety.
The exercise, held in the eastern Ugandan district of Jinja, attracted troops from Algeria, Angola, Burkina Faso, Benin, Chad, Egypt, Niger, Rwanda, Senegal, Tanzania, South Africa, Sudan, and Uganda.
"African militaries under the umbrella of ACIRC Volunteer Nations passed a test of their capability to rapidly deploy within seven days in defence of any African country against any threat," said Charles Engola, Uganda's minister of state for defence, while closing the exercise on Monday.
Sivuyile Bam, who heads the peace and security division of the African Union (AU) Commission, said Africa was steadily becoming self-sustaining in order to deter any threat among its member nations.
Bam said the exercise had shown the possibility of self-reliance and the AU was ready to shoulder all its responsibilities in support of the ACIRC cell.
The ACIRC is a temporary multinational standby force set up in November 2013. It is to be replaced by the African Standby Force when it becomes fully operational.