March 1, 2018

EU allocates additional €50 mln for African anti-terror force

European Union has announced about the allocation of additional €50 million for the joint anti-terror forces in West Africa’s vast Sahel region, The Associated Press writes. 

The 5,000-strong international Sahel force patrols mainly the desert regions in West Africa, including near Libya, which is the main transit point for thousands of African migrants moving to Italy illegally. 

The G5 Sahel force protects the borders of Burkina Faso, Chad, Mali, Mauritania and Niger. “The Sahel is one of Europe’s frontiers. The Sahel is a shield, a dike that must never burst,” Niger’s President Mahamadou Issoufou said. 

The President of the European Commission Jean-Claude Juncker urged nearly 30 European and African leaders in Brussels to make financial contributions at the level, which is necessary to avoid the threat, as the threat of extremism increases. 

The EU’s €50 million will be allocated in addition to the total of €250 million, which have already been allocated by different countries, including $100 million from Saudi Arabia, nearly €90 million from the EU and its member states, and $60 million from the USA. 

Nevertheless, the EU insists that the matter is not only in security. Brussels indicates the necessity to develop the humanitarian assistance in the region. 

“We need to support these five countries, especially also to give hope to the next generations so that they have also a future in their own country,” Luxembourg’s Prime Minister Xavier Bettel stated.