Tunisia to host multinational exercise "African Lion" in June 2021
23/02/2021 19:30, TUNIS/Tunisia

(TAP) - Tunisia will host with Morocco, Senegal and Spain the multinational exercise "African Lion", scheduled for next June, General Christopher G. Cavoli, U.S. Army Commander for Europe and Africa said Tuesday.

Speaking at a media teleconference, organised to present these exercises, General Cavoli said the African Lion will be a good opportunity to enhance the interoperability of the military forces of the countries taking part.

"This exercise aims, essentially, to strengthen military cooperation between participating countries to respond to crises (conflicts) that may arise as well as terrorist threats to countries in the region," he added.

He further indicated that these maneuvers will include air-land, naval and air exercises, in addition to medical actions for the inhabitants of the regions concerned.

Major General and Deputy Commander of the U.S. Army for Europe and Africa, Andrew M. Rohling said Tunisia will host the majority of maneuvers that will take place during the exercise "African Lion".

Rohlin said Tunisia is "a strategic military ally for the United States".

Cancelled in 2020, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the new edition of the African Lion will see the participation of nearly 10 thousand soldiers of several countries, including the United States, Tunisia, Egypt, Morocco, Mauritania, Senegal, Belgium, Canada, France, Germany, Spain and the United Kingdom, said the Commander.

General Christopher G. Cavoli, U.S. Army Commander for Europe and Africa and his deputy Andrew M. Rohling, will visit Tunis on Wednesday to discuss preparations for the "African Lion", a source at the Ministry of National Defence told TAP.

The U.S. Army decided in November 2020 to merge the military commands in Europe and Africa into the new U.S. Army Command for Europe and Africa.

The move aimed to increase command and control effectiveness, flexibility and the ability to conduct large-scale multinational and joint exercises.

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