World Sahel. Germany does not intend to provide new combat troops alongside France

19:10  16 february  2021
19:10  16 february  2021 Source:   ouest-france.fr

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Germany's foreign minister said on Tuesday that his country was not going to send new troops to the Sahel, despite requests from France.

The Germany does not intend to provide troops for military missions in the Sahel other than those in which it is already participating, declared Tuesday February 16, 2021 its Minister of Foreign Affairs, despite calls from France for a commitment German in combat operations against armed Islamists s.

"Germany is participating with many soldiers in the two international missions in the Sahel, the EUTM as well as the Minusma" , said Heiko Maas at the end of the G5 Sahel summit bringing together the leaders of five countries in the region and their allies, including French President Emmanuel Macron.

No new missions in sight for Germany in the Sahel

"For the moment, we do not intend to engage in other missions beyond that but rather to concentrate on what we are doing already ”, he added.

The EUTM is the European Union’s mission to train the national forces of these five countries and the Minusma is the UN’s mission in Mali.

In the press release issued at the end of this G5 Sahel summit, it is written that the German contingent, which will command the EUTM in the second half of 2021, "may reach 450 people" .

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