Another Ivorian Mi-24 crashes

23/03/2020 – An Mi-24 attack helicopter from the Ivory Coast’s Air Force has crashed – the second in four months.

The Mi-24D came down on 18 March at Felix Houphouet Boigny airport in Abidjan. It is not clear what caused the crash, but the aircraft sustained moderate damage, coming to rest on its side. Both pilots received minor injuries and could escape the helicopter by themselves. Continuer à lire … « Another Ivorian Mi-24 crashes »

Why the UK May Be Sending Troops to Mali

23/03/2020 – The UK government’s decision to deploy an additional 250 soldiers to join the United Nations mission in Mali (known as MINUSMA) might be in Britain’s security interests. Firstly, because it is important to counter the spread of terrorism in Mali, and secondly because supporting France is consistent with the UK’s wider security goals. Such deployments display the UK’s commitment to international security and may well form a critical part of its post-BREXIT diplomacy. Continuer à lire … « Why the UK May Be Sending Troops to Mali »

Terrorist Threat as a Pre-Text: Russia Strengthens Ties with G5 Sahel

Introduction

Following the 1991 dissolution of the USSR—which maintained diplomatic relations with 46 African countries in the mid-1980s­—the Russian Federation lost a large part of the Soviet influence on the continent. Beginning in the mid-2000s, however, Russia`s regional policy started to change, and the outbreak of the Ukrainian crisis solidified Russia`s resolve to pursue opportunities in Sub-Saharan Africa (Russiancouncil.ru, February 20). A truly pivotal event that demonstrated Russia`s determination was the Russia-Africa Summit and Economic Forum, held in Sochi on October 23–24, 2019 (see EDM, October 28, 2019). Given Russia`s relative economic weakness, one of the very few competitive advantages at the Kremlin`s disposal is military-technical cooperation. Continuer à lire … « Terrorist Threat as a Pre-Text: Russia Strengthens Ties with G5 Sahel »

Morocco to Open Consulate in Toronto, Canada

26/01/2020 – Morocco’s Foreign Minister Nasser Bourita announced Morocco’s decision to open a consulate in Toronto, Canada

The opening of the new consulate is part of a plan to improve consular services for the Moroccan community in the North American city, the FM said on Friday. Continuer à lire … « Morocco to Open Consulate in Toronto, Canada »

Chad’s Foreign Minister: The spread of arms and the worsening situation in the Sahel have been caused by the Libyan crisis

26/01/2020 – Chad’s Foreign Minister, ‘Mohamed Sherif El-Zein’, declared that the Libyan crisis is one of the reasons for the worsening situation in the Sahel region, due to the proliferation of weapons, which facilitates the spread of terrorist groups. « In addition to Libya, the neighboring countries of Libya are the first concerned with the Libyan crisis, » the Russian news agency, Sputnik, quoted « Al-Zain » as saying in a speech during the start of the foreign ministers’ conference of the countries neighboring Libya in the Algerian capital, Thursday. Adding « Currently al-Sahel in a fiery situation, for several reasons, on top of which is the Libyan crisis, due to the proliferation of weapons significantly, which facilitated the spread of terrorist groups.  »

LANA / Libya

Sahel-Elite (Bamako-Mali)

Greek PM says no EU deal on Libya unless Turkey accord scrapped

23/01/2020 – Libya’s internationally recognized prime minister, Fayez al-Serraj, said this week that his country will face a “catastrophic situation” unless foreign powers put pressure on eastern-based commander Khalifa Haftar to lift a blockade of oilfields that has cut output to almost zero. Continuer à lire … « Greek PM says no EU deal on Libya unless Turkey accord scrapped »

Germany – Intensifying cooperation on Libya – Maas visits Algiers and Tunis

23/01/2020 – Following the Berlin Libya Conference, the priority now is to implement the decisions adopted there. To achieve this, it is important to involve Libya’s neighbouring countries and the region. That is why Foreign Minister Heiko Maas is travelling to Algeria and Tunisia. Continuer à lire … « Germany – Intensifying cooperation on Libya – Maas visits Algiers and Tunis »