The Secretary-General of the Ministry of National Defense, Major General Mohamed Saleh Ben Bisha, supervised, on Saturday, at the Army Site Club in Ain Naadja, 1st Military Region, the launching ceremony of the activities of a multi-component exercise to enhance the capabilities of intervention in chemical emergencies, entitled “Chemical Exercise Africa”, directed to representatives of countries. Parties to the Chemical Weapons Convention for the African Region, according to a statement by the Ministry of National Defence.
The same source explained that “this regional event, hosted by Algeria in cooperation with the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons, will take place during the period from September 23 to October 4, 2023 and will be activated by national and foreign trainers under the supervision of international observers and residents.”
This exercise aims – the statement adds – to “strengthen the response capabilities of African States Parties to chemical emergencies,” and also aims to “consolidate technical support to the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons in the field of assistance and protection with regard to the use or threat of use of chemical weapons or chemical products, while strengthening dialogue between Specialists of States Parties of the various African regional groups.”
In this context, the Secretary-General of the Ministry of National Defense stressed in his speech the “pioneering role” of Algeria in implementing this agreement, saying: “There is no doubt that Algeria has worked, since its accession to the Organization, to strictly and completely implement the provisions of the Chemical Weapons Convention and has played an effective role.” “As a member of the organization’s Executive Council, it aims to strengthen Africa’s position and defend its interests, which enhances its capabilities in various fields related to the implementation of the agreement.”
The same source indicated that this exercise, which is “the first of its kind in Algeria and in Africa,” will include “advanced training in the field of intervention protocols in the event of a chemical attack or accident, using advanced means of reconnaissance, detection, sampling, disinfection, and health evacuation, in addition to implementing a simulation exercise for a chemical terrorist attack.” “Activated by African lurkers.”
For reference, Algeria is participating in this exercise through all the bodies concerned with this field, such as the People’s National Army, National Security, Civil Protection, the Ministries of Industry and Energy, and various research centers and specialized laboratories, as the statement explained.
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