Sisi participates in Conference of Defense Ministers of CEN-SAD
Egyptian President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi and Equatorial Guinea's President Teodoro Obiang Nguema Mbasogo attend the opening session of the African international business forum "COMESA" in the Red Sea resort of Sharm el-Sheikh - REUTERS

CAIRO: President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi headed Thursday to Sharm el Sheikh to attend the four-day Conference of Defense Ministers of Sahel Saharan States Community (CEN-SAD), an official from the Presidency told Youm7.

The conference kicked off Tuesday with the participation of Defense Ministers of 27 Arab and African countries, representatives from five European states, and a number of international organizations to discuss ways of counter-terrorism.

The participants consider forming a counter-terrorism center affiliated with the CEN-SAD. UN charter allows the members states to defend their borders and to form defensive regional organizations, so the African countries should do so by themselves not by the UN Security Council, CEN-SAD Secretary General Ibrahim Sani Abani said in his speech.

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.

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