Sahel-Saharan ‘anti-terrorism’ center to be headquartered in Cairo
President Abdel-Fatah al-Sisi with defense ministers of the Community of Sahel-Saharan states - presidential office

CAIRO: An “anti-terrorism” gathering center will be headquartered in Cairo for the Community of Sahel-Saharan States (CEN-SAD,) Egypt’s Defense Minister Sedqy Sobhy said Friday.

In a concluding statement of the CEN-SAD defense ministers’ conference in Sharm el-Sheikh, Sobhy said that a document on conflict prevention and settlement will be studied in its next meeting.

Another draft protocol on the establishment of a permanent CED-SAD Council for Peace and Security has been adopted, as well as an internal statute that will also be studied in the next meeting.

The delegations of the CEN-SAD met with President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi Thursday and observed a moment of silence to mourn the victims of a terror attack in Brussels .

The president also ratified 1,000 scholarships for students from African to study security sciences in Egypt; 100 for students of military colleges, 200 different courses, and 700 for non-commissioned officers in difference specialties.

CEN-SAD is a trade bloc of 28 member states established in 1998.

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