CAIRO: The Conference of Defense Ministers of Sahel Saharan States Community (CEN-SAD) kicked off Tuesday in the Red Sea city of Sharm al Sheikh with the participation of 27 Arab and African countries, five European states, and a number of international organizations, Youm7 reported.
The Egyptian military announced its forces are on alert in the city in cooperation with the Ministry of Interior. The four-day conference will tackle counter-terrorism efforts, particularly in intelligence field among the participants.
A proposal for establishing a counter-terrorism center affiliated with the CEN-SAD will be considered by the member states in the coming period, said Egypt’s representative to the CEN-SAD Mohamed Abu Bakr Tuesday, on the sidelines of the conference.
The CEN-SAD was founded in 1998 after a meeting held by the heads of the participating states in Libya. It has been given an observer statue of the United Nations General Assembly.