EU to reinforce cross border cooperation in the Sahel

2019/20/02 – The European Union (EU) wishes to reinforce its regional approach in the Sahel region of Africa with the aim of supporting cross-border cooperation, and regional cooperation structures.

In support of the G5 countries, the EU council decided to make its work of common security and Defense policy (CSDP) more effective at the regional level. Continuer à lire … « EU to reinforce cross border cooperation in the Sahel »

Sahel instability spreading to coastal West Africa – Burkina Faso

2019/18/02 – Islamist militants are increasing their activity in West Africa despite the establishment of a regional force to combat them in the Sahel region, and they are now threatening coastal countries, Burkina Faso’s foreign minister said on Saturday. Continuer à lire … « Sahel instability spreading to coastal West Africa – Burkina Faso »

US gives control center to Niger for Boko Haram operations

2019/04/02 – The United States turned over a communications and operations center to the Niger army to help the African nation battle Boko Haram, a statement said.

The planning and operations control center, worth $16.5 million (€14.4 million), is designed to help Niger forces synchronize its operations through improved communications, U.S. Ambassador Eric Whitaker said during the handover ceremony on Monday, February 4. Continuer à lire … « US gives control center to Niger for Boko Haram operations »

China in bid to extend Africa trade success into military sphere

2019/03/02 – China’s controversial investment initiatives in Africa have overshadowed its military presence on the continent. And that aspect of Chinese involvement is sizeable and expanding, according to a US Defence Department think-tank.

Several little-noted deployments of Chinese forces in Africa have followed the adoption of a law in 2015 permitting the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) to operate in other countries. Continuer à lire … « China in bid to extend Africa trade success into military sphere »

Israel seeking to strengthen ties with Mali

2019/01/23 – After announcement of resumption of relations with Chad, senior Israeli officials say Mali is next.

Senior Israeli officials said on Monday that there are ongoing contacts for a visit by the Prime Minister of Mali to Jerusalem even before the Israeli elections this April. Continuer à lire … « Israel seeking to strengthen ties with Mali »

Algeria shuts southern borders to Syrians over security fears #Niger #Mali

2019/03/01 – Algeria has barred all Syrians from entering the country via its southern border with Mali and Niger to keep out members of defeated rebel groups from Syria deemed to pose a security risk, a senior official said on Wednesday.Hassen Kacimi, the official in charge of migrants policy at the interior ministry, told Reuters that Syrians seeking refuge in Algeria in this way were suspected to be Islamist militants and were not welcome. Continuer à lire … « Algeria shuts southern borders to Syrians over security fears #Niger #Mali »

Call to expand Belarus-Sudan interregional cooperation

2018/11/12 – Belarus-Sudan interregional cooperation needs to be taken to a higher level, Chairman of the House of Representatives of the National Assembly of Belarus Vladimir Andreichenko said as he met with Sudan President Omar Hassan Ahmad al-Bashir on 11 December, BelTA has learned. Continuer à lire … « Call to expand Belarus-Sudan interregional cooperation »