ADDIS ABABA – A two-week-long military exercise involving 15 countries has officially started in Ethiopia’s Hurso military camp on Monday.
The US-led exercise is designed to enhance the capacity and capability of participating staff and forces in peacekeeping operations in support of the African Union Mission in Somalia or AMISOM.
It also said that the training will enable readiness for the Ethiopian defense force and other international partners in support of the UN and the AU.
US embassy says approximately 1,100 military and government personnel are partaking in the annual, combined, joint military exercise in the East African nation.
“This makes Ethiopia a very fitting host for an exercise like Justified Accord,” said Michael Raynor, U.S. Ambassador to Ethiopia, in his welcoming speech to representatives of the militaries in Addis Abeba.
Apart from the host nation and the US, militaries from the nations of Brazil, Burundi, Canada, Djibouti, France, Germany, Italy, Kenya, Netherlands, Rwanda, Somalia, Uganda, and the United Kingdom are attending Justified Accord (JA) 2019.
“Events like this exercise have positive global impact,” said the ambassador. “They support the United Nations and African Union as they carry out their mandates to support security in the region.”
Ethiopia, a significant contributor of peacekeeping troops to UN and AU peacekeeping missions, previously hosted a similar exercise in 2017.
The exercises include headquarters staff training, land force maneuvers and culminate with a platoon-level demonstration.