EU to fund Sahel force

The Star Early Edition - - WORLD -

THE EU has pledged 50 mil­lion euros (R718m) to set up a joint African mil­i­tary force.

Yes­ter­day, EU diplo­matic chief Fed­er­ica Mogherini said the funds would help pay for troops to fight ter­ror­ism, cross-bor­der crime and il­le­gal im­mi­gra­tion. Mogherini, who spoke from Mali, said: “Sta­bil­ity and de­vel­op­ment of the Sahel re­gion are cru­cial, not only for Africa, but also for Europe.”

The for­eign af­fairs chief added that funds would be awarded to help fight ji­hadists.

“This con­tri­bu­tion will ar­rive very quickly, and I hope it will set out the right path to other part­ners of the Sahel G5.”

Mali, Mau­ri­ta­nia, Niger, Chad and Burk­ina Faso are col­lec­tively re­ferred to as the Sahel G5.

In March, plans were given the green light to cre­ate a force of 5 000 troops. But, on Mon­day, Mali’s for­eign min­is­ter an­nounced that the G5 lead­ers had de­cided the com­ple­ment should be dou­bled. teleSUR –

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