France has pledged eight million euros for a new African anti-terrorism force in the Sahel region. French President Emmanuel Macron made the announcement during a meeting with leaders of the G5 Sahel countries in the Malian capital Bamako.
Chancellor Merkel has called for the deployment of anti-terror troops in Africa’s troubled Sahel region. European and African leaders met for talks outside Paris to discuss plans to battle the growing jihadi threat.
The Saudi crown prince arrives in France to discuss a range of challenges facing the Middle East. The Iran nuclear deal, the Qatar crisis, Lebanon, Syria, Yemen and business are at the top of the agenda.
Defense ministers from five countries in the Sahel region, as well as France, met in Paris in the latest push of joint anti-terrorism force in the fragile region.
A new African military force in the Sahel region could be operational in the next few months after donors pledged millions at a conference in France. Paul Melly from Chatham House talked to DW about the G5 Sahel force.
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