Tuesday, April 20, 2010

China Donates $1.5 Million to Boost Mauritania's Defense

VOA News 20 April 2010

China is giving Mauritania a $1.5 million donation to boost its defense capability.

News reports from the region say Mauritania's Defense Minister Hamadi Ould Hamadi and the Chinese ambassador to Nouakchott, Zhang Xun, signed a memorandum for the donation Monday. They say the grant will be used to purchase equipment for military engineering, such as bulldozers and other machines.

Hamadi said the funding comes at a time when Mauritania is making efforts to strengthen its defense, as it faces growing challenges.

The northwest African country is wrought by ethnic tensions and also faces a growing terrorism threat by a group called al-Qaida in the Islamic Maghreb.

China and Mauritania have signed a series of agreements in recent years. In March, a Chinese fishing firm announced plans to invest $100 million in Mauritania's key fishing industry.

The PRC donated "Liman el Hadrami"(P601) Patrol Boat, currently the largest warship of the Mauritania Navy.

The Pakistan Navy's Karachi Shipyard advertises the Fast Attack Craft variant of the Liman el Hadrami (P601) class. (here)

* thanks isarayet for this.

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