EU special ops to deploy in Mali Wednesday: French minister

13/07/2020 – A joint EU special ops force formed to back Mali’s fight against jihadist groups will deploy in the West African country on Wednesday, French Defence Minister Florence Parly said.Around 100 French and Estonian troops will initially make up the force dubbed Takuba, Parly told the online version of the daily La Croix on Sunday. Continuer à lire … « EU special ops to deploy in Mali Wednesday: French minister »

Estonia / Mali: Foreign, defense ministers emphasize need to stabilize Sahel region

13/06/2020 – Minister of Foreign Affairs Urmas Reinsalu (Isamaa) and Minister of Defense Jüri Luik (Isamaa) on Friday attended a high-level meeting of the Coalition for the Sahel, where they expressed support for the coalition and emphasized the need to stabilize the Sahel region.

The agenda for Friday’s meeting, which was also attended by foreign and defense ministers from France, the U.K-, the U.S. and the G5 Sahel states⁠ — Mauritania, Mali, Burkina Faso, Niger and Chad⁠ — as well as other parties and representatives operating in the Sahel region, included military operations in the Sahel region, providing security support to the G5 Sahel countries and engaging the international community, according to a Ministry of Foreign Affairs press release.
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Chad plans military deployment to Mali-Burkina Faso-Niger tri-border area

21/01/2020 – Chad’s defense minister discussed plans to deploy a battalion of military personnel to the Mali-Burkina Faso-Niger tri-border area with his French and Swedish counterparts on Monday, January 20, according to reports.

France’s Minister of the Armed Forces Florence Parly arrived in Chad’s capital N’Djamena on Sunday to begin a two-day visit to the Sahel region accompanied by Sweden’s Minister for Defence, Peter Hultqvist, the French ministry said in a statement. Continuer à lire … « Chad plans military deployment to Mali-Burkina Faso-Niger tri-border area »

Mali – Estonia likely to double number of Mali troops

05/09/2019 – Estonia’s contingent in a French-led anti-terrorist operation in the West African country of Mali is set to double, Baltic News Service reports. The move comes as part of a wider strategy of increasing Estonian military participation in various international operations and missions.

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Sahel – Consultations in Denmark on the Danish army’s possible participation in Operation Barkhane (March 1) #Mali

2019/03/06 – France applauds the consultations initiated by the Danish Government with Parliament for the purpose of deciding in the second half of 2019 whether the Danish army will take part in Operation Barkhane in Mali, with the contribution of two transport helicopters. Continuer à lire … « Sahel – Consultations in Denmark on the Danish army’s possible participation in Operation Barkhane (March 1) #Mali »

Mali/Estonia – Defence minister meets EDF personnel in Mali

2019/01/24 – Minister of Defence Jüri Luik (Pro Patria) visited members of ESTPLA-28, the Estonian contingent stationed in the West African country of Mali, during his visit there on Wednesday.

Mr Luik recognised the Estonian soldiers for their contribution towards ensuring the security of Estonia and its allies, during a visit aimed at getting acquainted with the situation on the ground and the work of Estonian Defence Forces (EDF) personnel.
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2018/21/12 – The chief of staff of the defense forces of France, Army Gen. Jean-Pierre Bosser, visited the Gao military base that is the place of service for the Estonian infantry platoon deployed to Mali and thanked the soldiers from the nations supporting France in the operation, including Estonia, who are serving there. Bosser, who is on a two-day pre-Christmas visit to the Gao base, emphasized the importance of the operation for ensuring the security of the Sahel region and thanked all the soldiers participating in the mission, military spokespeople in Tallinn said. Continuer à lire … «  »

Mali/Estonia – Digest: Why Estonia’s contributions in Africa continue to make sense (Opinion)

2018/16/11- Foreign news editor at daily Postimees, Martin Kutti writes in a comment for his paper why Estonia should continue to contribute to international efforts in Africa’s Sahel zone. Kutti accompanied Prime Minister Jüri Ratas (Centre) and Commander of the Estonian Defence Forces (EDF) Gen. Riho Terras to Mali earlier in October.
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Mali/Estonia – Estonian soldiers teaching Africans to fish

2018/11/10 – Major Ivo Peets has been serving with the EU training mission in Mali (EUTM) for six weeks. Peets, who has served with the Kalev Infantry Battalion for several years, concentrated on developing a more effective conscripts’ training cycle to make the best of time spent in compulsory military service and produce capable reservists in Estonia. Continuer à lire … « Mali/Estonia – Estonian soldiers teaching Africans to fish »

Expansion of Iran’s environmental cooperation with Finland, Algeria

2018/09/09 –  The head of the Center for International Affairs and the Conventions of the Organization for the Environment of Iran, met with the environmental ministers of Finland, Estonia and Algeria, and emphasized the deepening of the environmental relations among the countries. Continuer à lire … « Expansion of Iran’s environmental cooperation with Finland, Algeria »