NUMBER OF COUNTRIES IN AFRICA?
54 fully recognised states are all members of the United Nations and the African Union.
The ‘Lucknow Declaration’ was adopted in the presence of Union Defence Minister Rajnath Singh and his counterparts from 12 African nations and heads of delegations from 38 other African countries.
Overall, 50 African nations signed the declaration along with India at the conclave, which was organized for the
very first time.
LUCKNOW DECLARATION: KEY
The leaders recalled India’s contribution to defence and security in Africa through setting up of various Defence Academies in countries like Tanzania, Nigeria and
Ethiopia and deployment of training teams in several African nations including Uganda, Botswana, Lesotho,
Namibia, Zambia, Seychelles, Mauritius and Tanzania.
The leaders also recalled India’s provision of defence equipment and ammunitions and other measures including conducting Defence Training Programmes.
They also acknowledged the humanitarian assistance provided by the Indian defence force’s and its disaster relief operations during major disasters including cyclone IDAI in Mozambique (2019) and mass evacuation of stranded
people from 41 countries in 2018.
The leaders also appreciated the initiation of Africa India Field Training Exercises and agreed to further strengthen cooperation in defence preparedness and security.
The first- ever AFINDEX was held in March 2019.
Stating that terrorism is a major threat in the region, the declaration said the signatories “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.
We emphasize the need for stronger international partnership in countering terrorism and violent extremism, including through increased sharing of information and intelligence”.