Lucknow: At the first India-Africa Defence Ministers Conclave on February 6 at the ongoing DefExpo 2020, the two sides made a strong statement against terrorism and recognised peace and security as a key priority. We condemn, in the strongest terms, the growing threat of terrorism and acknowledge that it constitutes a major threat to peace and security in the region. We urge all countries to take resolute action in rooting out terrorism in all its forms and manifestations, terrorist safe havens and infrastructure, disrupting terrorist networks and eliminating financing channels and halting cross-border movement of terrorists, a statement released at the conclave said.
Silence the Guns: Creating conducive conditions for African Development is the African Unions theme of the year. And building on this vision to realise a conflict-free Africa, prevent genocide, reconcile a reality for all and rid the continent of wars, violent conflicts, human rights violations, and humanitarian disasters, both sides agreed to explore the possibilities of further cooperation in peace and security, including support for initiatives such as Silence the guns by 2020, the African Standby Force, Maritime Security among other areas.
We call for deeper cooperation in the domain of defence industry including through investment, joint ventures in defence equipment software, digital defence, research & development, provisioning of defence equipment, spares and their maintenance on sustainable and mutually beneficial terms, a joint declaration released on the occasion at DefExpo said.
Following is the full text of the declaration released at the India-Africa conclave: