Politics - Defence
  • Egypt: Conference of Sahelo-Saran Defence ministers opens in Cairo
    22 march 2016 17:39:49
    Cairo, Egypt (PANA) – A conference of Defence ministers from member countries of the Community of Sahelo-Saharan States (CEN-SAD) opened on Tuesday in Cairo focusing on the fight against terrorism within the Sahelo-Saharan space. Full text...

  • Algeria: Mediterranean countries discuss common defence plan for 2016
    15 march 2016 17:53:48
    Algiers, Algeria (PANA) - Five countries on the southern Mediterranean and five countries on the northern shore Tuesday began their 22nd executive committee meeting in Algiers under the initiative dubbed "5+5 Defence" to set priority activities under their 2016 action plan and to agree on a cooperation programme for 2017. Full text...

  • Tunisia: Minister reaffirms German support to Tunisia
    29 july 2015 22:34:05
    Tunis, Tunisia (PANA) - German Defence Minister Ursila Von Der Leyen has reaffirmed her country's support for Tunisia, in view of the security situation in the North African nation. Full text...

  • Tunisia: Defence ministers from western Mediterranean basin meet
    11 june 2015 22:06:10
    Tunis, Tunisia (PANA) – Defence ministers from the Group 5 5 of western Mediterranean admitted on Thursday that terrorist groups are a serious threat for the sub-region. Full text...

  • Cote d'Ivoire: Ivorian govt. to reform defence, armed forces
    12 december 2014 12:28:07
    Abidjan, Cote d' Ivoire (PANA) - The Ivorian government will reform its defence and armed forces following the adoption, Thursday, of a new bill that will repeal the 1961 law governing that sector, PANA reported, quoting an official source here Friday. Full text...

  • Côte-d'Ivoire: US AFRICOM chief visits Côte d'Ivoire
    10 december 2014 17:18:10
    Abidjan, Cote d'Ivoire (PANA) - The head of the US Africa Command (AFRICOM), General David Rodriguez is on official visit in Abidjan, the US Embassy in the Ivorian capital said Wednesday. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Lake Chad Basin Commission adopts resolution on cross-border military operation
    13 october 2014 17:41:46
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – A one-day ministerial meeting of member States of the Lake Chad Basin Commission (LCBC) and Benin Republic on security ended in Abuja Monday agreeing the appropriate legal framework that would enhance cross-border military operation against Boko Haram as well as develop a common defence strategy in the fight against terrorism in the sub-region. Full text...

  • Côte d’Ivoire: Ivorian president promulgates law on new defence pact with France
    16 july 2014 14:57:16
    Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire (PANA) – The Ivorian president, Alassane Ouattara, on Tuesday signed a bill, adopted Friday by Parliament, towards ratifying the Treaty establishing a new defence partnership with France, official sources told PANA on Wednesday. Full text...

  • Cote d’Ivoire: Parliamentarians approve new defence pact with France
    12 july 2014 09:22:09
    Abidjan, Cote d’Ivoire (PANA) – Ivorian parliamentarians on Friday unanimously adopted a bill authorising the President of the Republic to ratify the treaty signed on 26 January, 2012, in Paris for the setting up of a new defence partnership between Cote d’Ivoire and France. Full text...

  • Mali: Mali, France to sign defence agreement
    05 may 2014 17:18:39
    Bamako, Mali (PANA) - Mali is to sign a series of agreements this month with a number of countries, including France, Chad, Niger, Algeria and Mauritania, Mr. Soumeylou Boubèye Maiga, the Malian Minister of Defence and Veterans Affairs, revealed here Sunday. Full text...

  • Niger: Military exercise against terrorism starts in Sahel
    20 february 2014 13:40:12
    Niamey, Niger (PANA) – A military exercise, involving 1,000 defence and security forces from 18 countries, including France and the US, began Thursday in Niger's regions of Agadez, Tahoua (north) and Diffa (east), PANA reported from here. Full text...

  • Nigeria ratifies defence pacts with Britain, Niger
    14 august 2013 18:59:10
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - Nigeria on Wednesday ratified the defence pacts with Niger and Great Britain on issues relating to the fight against terrorism. Full text...

  • Libya reiterates stance against foreign forces on its soil
    20 march 2013 20:16:44
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) – Libya will not accept the presence of foreign forces on its soil, the Libyan foreign affairs minister, Mohammed Abdel Aziz, has reiterated as international experts arrived in the country to support it to secure its borders. Full text...

  • Jonathan tasks ECOWAS Defence Chiefs on security
    14 may 2012 19:44:41
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - Nigeria's President Goodluck Jonathan, on Monday in Abuja urged the Chiefs of Defence Staff Committee of ECOWAS member nations to ensure the sustenance of peace and security in the sub region. Full text...

  • Angolan Defence Minister leaves Lusaka
    09 march 2012 14:08:42
    Lusaka, Angola (PANA) - Angola's Defence Minister Cândido Pereira Van-Dúnem, left Lusaka, the Zambian capital, on Friday at the end the 27th meeting of the Angola/Zambia Defence and Security Permanent Joint Commission, PANA reported, quoting the Angolan News Agency (ANGOP). Full text...

  • ICC sets June 2012 date for Gbagbo's confirmation of charges hearing
    05 december 2011 14:42:42
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - The Hague-based the International Criminal Court (ICC) will begin confirmation of charges hearing against Former Ivorian President Laurent Gbagbo, on 18 June, 2012. Full text...

  • Nigerian National Defence College to graduate 13 foreign students
    29 july 2011 14:57:41
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - The Nigerian National Defence College (NDC) will next week graduate a total of 13 foreign military officers who went through its Course 19. Full text...

  • ONUCI to establish eight new military camps in Western Côte d'Ivoire
    30 june 2011 20:45:50
    Abidjan, Côte d'Ivoire (PANA) – The United Nations Operation in Côte d'Ivoire (UNOCI) is to establish eight new military camps in Western Côte d'Ivoire , the special representative of the United Nations Secretary General to Côte d’Ivoire, Young- Jin Choi, announced on Thursday. Full text...

  • Defence ministers say lack of funds hinder African peacekeeping
    07 december 2010 13:20:50
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - African defence ministers meeting here Tuesday to discuss the establishment of an African Standby Force (ASF) said lack of funds was a major setback to efforts by African Union (AU) to effectively run future peacekeeping operations in the continent. Full text...

  • CEN-SAD to hold joint military manouvres
    30 june 2010 22:43:00
    Tripoli- Libya (PANA) -- The 4th meeting of Defence ministers from member countri es of the Community of Sahelo-Saharan countries (CEN-SAD) ended on Wednesday in T ripoli, the Libyan capital, with the adoption of several measures aimed at estab l ishing common military manoeuvres and joint actions on defence and security for the prevention, management and set tlement of conflicts within the regional organization. Full text...

  • Treaty for common defence, a decisive step towards single African army
    13 january 2010 23:06:00
    for African Union countries- and the beginning of -the application of the binding clauses for the implementation of that treaty announced on 1 January 2010 by AU Commission, are seen as concrete steps towards a single Afric an army. ) Full text...

  • Nigerian Defence College to graduate 105 more senior military officers
    30 july 2009 14:41:00
    Abuja- Nigeria (PANA) -- One hundred and five senior military officers, among the m 11 from other African countries, will graduate from the Nigerian Defence Colle g e, Abuja, next week, after an intensive 44 weeks of training, the Commandant of t he college, Rear Admiral John Jonah, told journalists in the Nigerian capital ci t y. Full text...

  • Belgium-Congo sign military partnership agreement
    16 june 2009 22:19:00
    Brussels- Belgium (PANA) -- The Congolese Defence minister, Charles Mwando Nsimba, on Tuesday signed a military technical cooperation agreement signed with his Belgian counterpart, Pieter De Crem, which will allow Belgian officers to t r ain 460 Congolese soldiers. Full text...

  • France, Togo sign new defence agreement
    14 march 2009 18:10:00
    Lome- Togo (PANA) -- Togo and France Friday signed in Lome, a new defence agreeme nt partnership within the framework of their military cooperation, a statement r e ceived Saturday by PANA disclosed. Full text...

  • France, Togo sign new defence agreement
    14 march 2009 17:42:00
    Lome- Togo (PANA) -- Togo and France Friday signed in Lome, a new defence agreeme nt partnership within the framework of their military cooperation, a statement r e ceived Saturday by PANA disclosed. Full text...

  • Liberia reaches half-mark in training new army
    30 april 2008 16:45:00
    Monrovia- Liberia (PANA) -- Training has been completed for more than half of the 2,000 soldiers required for the new Armed Forces of Liberia (AFL) as planned under a US-funding programme, the American Embassy said in a press release here. Full text...

  • Nigeria, others raise special force on Gulf of Guinea
    18 may 2007 11:23:00
    Abuja- Nigeria (PANA) -- Nigeria and seven other countries have set up a special force to monitor their common interests in the oil-rich Gulf of Guinea, the Defence Minister Thomas Aguiyi-Ironsi, has said. Full text...

  • Morocco invited to EU defence ministers' meeting
    08 may 2007 13:16:00
    Rabat- Morocco (PANA) -- Portuguese defence minister Nuno Seberiano Texeira, whose country will take the revolving European Union (EU) presidency in July, said he had invited Morocco to attend the next informal meeting of European defence ministers in Lisbon. Full text...

  • ECOWAS Defence chiefs meet in Nigeria
    10 april 2007 21:14:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- ECOWAS defence chiefs Tuesday began a three-day meeting in Nigeria's capital city Abuja to review the security situation in the region and make recommendations for improving regional peace and stability. Full text...

  • SADC plots rapid reaction force
    10 april 2007 17:10:00
    Maputo- Mozambique (PANA) -- Representatives of the inter-state Defense and Security Committee of the Southern African Development Community (SADC) have held talks here on the creation of an African Rapid Reaction Force, local media reports said Tuesday. Full text...

  • Libya, Benin study to ratify African Defence Treaty
    20 march 2007 20:24:00
    Tripoli- Libya (PANA) -- Libyan and Beninese authorities in charge of defence are reviewing in Tripoli a procedure for the ratification of the African defence treaty and the proposed continental army, official sources told PANA Tuesday here. Full text...

  • Past, present Nigerian military chiefs meet
    05 december 2006 13:57:00
    Abuja- Nigeria (PANA) -- Serving and retired top brass of the Nigerian military are meeting in the capital city of Abuja to brainstorm on the restructuring of the Nigerian military for effective and efficient performance within the context of the constitution. Full text...

  • Gabon, South Africa sign defence cooperation pact
    10 november 2006 10:12:00
    Libreville- Gabon (PANA) - – Gabonese defence minister Ali Bongo and his South African counterpart Gerard Patrick Mosiuoa Lekota signed a defence agreement Thursday in Libreville allowing the armed forces of both countries to share information on specific issues, an official source said Friday in the Gabonese capital. Full text...

  • US Navy aircraft patrols Cape Verde's waters
    30 october 2006 11:32:00
    Praia- Cape Verde (PANA) -- A United States Navy aircraft is patrolling Cape Verde's maritime waters to crackdown on criminality and illegal migration in the archipelago's Exclusive Economic Zone (EE), an official source has revealed. Full text...

  • Meles supports Somali govt's right to self-defence
    01 october 2006 13:45:00
    Addis Ababa- Ethiopia (PANA) -- Affirming that Ethiopia had not sent troops to Somalia, Prime Minister Meles Zenawi has said that the Transitional Federal Government of President Abdullahi Yusuf, temporarily seated in Baidoa town, has the right to seek external assistance to defend itself. Full text...

  • Dutch govt donates 57 vehicles to Sierra Leone army
    28 august 2006 22:57:00
    Freetown- Sierra Leone (PANA) -- The Dutch Government Monday presented 57 brand new vehicles to Sierra Leone for use by the army which has been facing problems, especially in the interior of the post-war country. Full text...

  • Angola, Namibia sign defence co-operation pact
    29 june 2006 18:34:00
    Luanda- Angola (PANA) -- Angola and neighbouring Namibia have signed a bilateral co-operation accord on defence, official sources said here. Full text...

  • EAC defence chiefs discuss military ties
    17 march 2006 15:25:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Defence ministers from the three-member East Africa Community (EAC) on Friday convened in Arusha, Tanzania, for a two- day meeting to discuss military cooperation among member states of the regional bloc, defence ministry sources said here. Full text...

  • ECOWAS defence chiefs to meet in Niamey
    24 february 2006 19:51:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- ECOWAS Chiefs of Defence Staff will meet in Niamey, Niger, next week to consider the status of implementation of the roadmap for the creation of regional standby force (ESF), an ECOWAS statement said Friday. Full text...

  • Kadhafi says Libya does not need large defence budget
    05 january 2006 21:01:00
    Tripoli- Libya (PANA) -- Libya does not require a huge defence budget or jet fighters, tanks and missiles to defend itself, Libyan leader Colonel Mouammar Kadhafi declared here Thursday. Full text...

  • Sierra Leone army sacks 77 officers
    22 december 2005 11:10:00
    Freetown Sierra Leone (PANA) --The Republic of Sierra Leone Armed Forces has sacked 77 officers between the ranks of Brigadier General and second Lieutenant, it was officially revealed here. Full text...

  • South Africa, Zimbabwe hold joint security meet in Cape Town
    16 november 2005 12:24:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- The South Africa-Zimbabwe Joint Commission on Defence and Security will hold its inaugural meeting in Cape Town on Thursday, a government statement said Wednesday. Full text...

  • ECOWAS defence, security commission to meet in Lomé
    08 november 2005 15:40:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- ECOWAS Defence and Security Commission, composed of the Chiefs of Defence Staff of member States, will convene 9-11 November in Lomé, Togo, to review the status of implementation of the 6,500-member regional standby force. Full text...

  • Cape Verde's defence minister tours Portugal
    19 october 2005 23:42:00
    Praia- Cape Verde (PANA) -- Cape Verde's minister of defence and parliamentary affairs, Armindo Mauricio, arrived in Portugal Wednesday to begin a two-day official visit at the invitation of his counterpart, Luis Amado. Full text...

  • SADC defence ministers meet in Johannesburg
    27 july 2005 18:57:00
    Johannesburg- South Africa (PANA) -- The Ministerial meeting of the Southern African Development Community (SADC) organ on Politics, Defence and Security Co-operation, also being attended by chiefs of defence forces, chief immigration officers and chief customs officials, began Wednesday in Johannesburg. Full text...

  • Belgian defence minister tours training base in DRC
    31 may 2005 18:55:00
    Kinshasa- DR Congo (PANA) -- Belgian defence minister André Flahaut on Tuesday visited the Kamina military base in Katanga where Belgian and South African trainers have been drilling merged units of the Armed Forces of the Democratic Republic of Congo (FARDC). Full text...

  • US military drills in Algerian Sahara
    30 may 2005 23:47:00
    Algiers- Algeria (PANA) -- The US Ambassador in Algiers, Richard Erdman, declared Monday that US military drills in the Algerian Sahara are scheduled to take place shortly after General James L. Full text...

  • Ministers urge implementation of CEN-SAD defence protocol
    30 may 2005 09:34:00
    Ouagadougou- Burkina Faso (PANA) -- Foreign Ministers of the Community of Sahel-Saharan States (CEN-SAD), Sunday in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso, called on member countries to implement the organisation's defence and security cooperation and mutual assistance protocol. Full text...

  • Mozambique to attend SADC security meeting Saturday
    06 april 2005 21:39:00
    Maputo- Mozambique (PANA) -- Mozambican Defence Minister Tobias Dai will participate in the extraordinary meeting of the Inter- State Defence and Security Committee of the Southern African Development Community (SADC) to be held in Cape Town, South Africa, on 9 April, officials told PANA in Maputo. Full text...

  • French minister Alliot-Marie concludes Libyan visit
    06 february 2005 18:37:00
    Tripoli- Libya (PANA) -- The two-day visit to Libya by the French minister of defence Michele Alliot-Marie from 4-5 February constitutes a turning point in the development or co-operation between the two countries, according to observers in Tripoli, the capital. Full text...

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