The Japanese government provided the Mauritanian security forces with logistic aid estimated at 71 million ouguiyas( new ouguiya), described by the General Director of the national security, Mesgharou Ould Sidi, as ‘’important, considering that such aids will help to maintain security across the Mauritanian borders.
According to the Mauritanian News Agency(official), the aid consists of four-wheel-drive cars, buses, and quantities of spare parts. The second batch of assistance is to be delivered later.
While receiving the aid, Ould Sidi added that the security circumstances in the Sahel region witness an increase of criminal activities and the phenomenon of ‘’ terrorism and illegal migration’’, declaring that ‘’ these aids will cover a significant part of these challenges’’.
Ould Sidi pointed out that such aids are a part of the cooperation between the two countries, especially in the field of security, appreciating its timing, as it came in ‘’ exceptional circumstances where the region and the world endure the pandemic of Covid-19 and its terrible consequences’’, he said
For his part, the Japanese ambassador said that this donation is provided as part of the social and economic program signed between the two countries after the TICAD summit in 2019, in which Japan agreed to contribute to the security of the Mauritanian borders.