EU doubles aid for troops to Sahel

BRUSSELS – The European Union is doubling its support for the armed forces of five countries in the African sahel-countries to 100 million euros. That is Friday, published on a donorbijeenkomst in Brussels.

The G5-force consists of soldiers from Mali, Burkina Faso, Mauritania, Niger and Chad and should smuggling, islamic militias, and terrorism fight. The aim is later this year 5000 trained troops on the leg.

The EU in the period 2014-2020 8 billion in aid for the stricken region. “There is no development without security,” said EU buitenlandchef Federica Mogherini on the top where the heads of state of the five countries and many EU heads of government were present, among whom prime minister Rutte.

The netherlands suggested in december, 5 million available. Saudi Arabia is a 100 million euro is one of the largest donors. There is more than 400 million needed, but that amount is expected to be not yet been achieved.

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