Windhoek, 25 October 2018:  The Governments of the Republic of Namibia and Botswana further strengthened their bilateral ties through the 27th Session of their Joint Permanent Commission on Defence and Security (JPCDS) held from 22 – 25 October in Windhoek.

The Commission reviewed the implementation of the resolutions of the 26th Session of JPCDS held in Botswana last year, and noted with satisfaction the progress made in their execution.

It further discussed the situation prevailing in the two countries, as well as the regional and international Defence and Security issues of common concern. It thus noted with satisfaction that the security situation of the two sister countries had remained peaceful and stable. However, transnational crimes such as illegal possession of fire arms, migration, smuggling of goods as well as human and drug trafficking had continued to pose threat to the two countries. As a result, law enforcement agencies of the two countries reaffirmed to enhance their fight against cross border crimes.

The commission also deliberated issues of Joint Peace Support Operation Exercises, emphasising on the successful execution of Exercise Hanganee I in Namibia and Exercise Tshwaragano I and II in Botswana respectively.  The 27th Session was therefore concluded with two sister countries signing the Memorandum of Agreement on military Training and Cooperation.

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