The Minister of Defence, Mansur Dan-Ali, has identified that Defence Diplomacy has become increasingly part of counter terrorism operations.
Dan-Ali said this at the opening of a five-day conference organised by the Defence Intelligence Agency (DIA) for the nation’s Defence Advisers and Attaches.
According to the Minister, this was necessary as government seeks to consolidate on its achievements and sustain the counter insurgency operations against the Boko Haram terrorists.
He, therefore, charged the Defence Advisers and Attaches to strengthen that effort, as well as in the area of containing subsequent levels of asymmetric warfare in the nation.
“The importance of diplomatic relations with global players in consolidating efforts to sustain the level of achievements gained in our counter terrorism operations cannot be over emphasised.
“Accordingly, the role of diplomacy in counter terrorism strategy cannot be underestimated.
“It is therefore necessary to mention the propensity of using the traditional hard power measures in unconventional warfare or our fight against violent activities of non-state actors.
“Nevertheless, bilateral or multilateral diplomacy has become the most important soft power tool in countering terrorism,’’ he said.