Iran Defense minister arrives in Mauritania (09/01)

2019/01/10 – Iran’s Defense Minister Amir Hatami arrived in Nouakchott on Wednesday at the head of a high-ranking delegation. He is slated to hold talks with the top-ranking officials of Mauritania during his trip to the African state. He will talk with the country’s president and defense minister.

Mauritania is a major Muslim country in Northwest Africa.

IRNA / Sahel-Elite

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 … «  »

Saudi Arabia pledges $113m to support Sahel countries #G5Sahel

2018/11/12 – Saudi Arabia’s Minister of State for African Affairs Ahmed bin Abdul Aziz Kattan announced Friday a donation of $113.7 million to support Sahel countries. Kattan revealed the donation during the opening ceremony of the Coordination Conference of G5 Sahel Partners and Funders for Financing of Priority Investment Programme (PIP) for (2019-2021) in the Mauritanian capital Nouakchott.
The G5 Sahel comprises Mali, Mauritania, Niger, Burkina Faso and Chad. He said King Salman had ordered the money to support these five countries, adding that half this amount would be allocated to support priority investments in the Sahel.

Arab News / Sahel-Elite Photo: Ahmed Kattan said King Salman had ordered the money to support these five countries. (AFP)

Saudi Arabia announces 100 million euros aid to Sahel nations

2018/07/12 – Saudi Arabia pledged 100 million euros ($113.7 million) to support priority investment programs in Africa’s Sahel region, the state-run Saudi Press Agency said on Thursday evening.Saudi State minister for African Affairs Ahmed Qattan made the announcement at a donors meeting for the five-member Sahel group, held in the Mauritanian capital Nouakchott, it said.

The other countries making up the Sahel group are Burkina Faso, Chad, Mali and Niger.

Reuters / Sahel-Elite

Algeria is using Mauritania to accelerate influence across Africa

2018/29/11 – Algeria’s growing interest in Mauritania reached a point of no return when the two countries officially opened their territorial borders early this year. The promising step paves the road to greater military and, most importantly, economic cooperation. Continuer à lire … « Algeria is using Mauritania to accelerate influence across Africa »

Mali – Navy SEALs and Marines charged with murdering Green Beret in horrific hazing incident: Prosecutors

2018/15/11 – Two SEALs from the Navy’s elite Seal Team Six and two Marines have been charged with murder and involuntary manslaughter in the death of Army Green Beret Staff Sgt. Logan Melgar in Mali in June 2017. If the case moves to a court-martial, the four members of some of the U.S. military’s most elite units face the possibility of life in prison without parole. Continuer à lire … « Mali – Navy SEALs and Marines charged with murdering Green Beret in horrific hazing incident: Prosecutors »

Mali / Opinion: German troops in Mali – time for plain talk

German Defense Minister Ursula von der Leyen has called for greater commitment from the Malian government to ensure peace. So far so good, but that’s not enough, says Daniel Pelz. Continuer à lire … « Mali / Opinion: German troops in Mali – time for plain talk »