EU NAVFOR meets Tanzanian AuthoritiesSeptember 28, 2009 - 16:20
EU NAVFOR Netherlands Flagship HNLMS EVERTSEN visited Dar es Salaam, Tanzania between 24 and 26 September.
During the visit the EU NAVFOR Force Commander, Commodore Pieter Bindt, had a meeting with the Tanzanian Deputy Minister of Defence, Dr. Emmanuel Nchimbi, the Tanzanian Chief of the Navy, Major General S.S. Omar, the Vice Director Europe from the Tanzanian ministry of foreign affairs, Mr. Chris Mvula, and representatives of the World Food Program, Mrs. Sheila Grudem and Mr. David Wakiaga.
According to Mr. Mvula, the detrimental effects of piracy in the Gulf of Aden and Indian Ocean are particularly felt in the region. Fewer ships arrive in ports, insurance rates are up, flow of goods is interrupted and seafarers and stability is threatened.
In his address to guests and hosts during a social function onboard the flagship, Dr. Nchimbi stated that “Tanzania, as a responsible member of the UN, will work with other nations and organizations to fight piracy.”
The Tanzanian Chief of the Navy joined the Netherlands Minister of Defence, Eimert van Middelkoop, during a day at sea with Counter Piracy capability demonstrations by HLMS EVERTSEN on 26 September. According to Major General S.S. Omar, “the solution to the piracy problem will have to be found on land”.
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