EU Pledges Military Help for Niger

The EU official said Brussels had “drawn the lessons from our past experience in Mali in particular and that is why we don’t want to have a large-scale EU training mission for Niger”.

The official said the mission would involve setting up a centre to help train Niger’s troops on “maintenance and logistics issues”.

It will also include “specialised training” in areas such as tackling improvised explosive devices and could provide communication and command support for Niamey’s military. The EU is aiming to launch the new mission “in the first months” of next year, the official said.

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Source: VOA News