Irish peace-keeping missions ‘an essential expression of what Ireland is all about’, says Taoiseach in Mali

Irish participation in peace-keeping missions around the world is “an essential expression of what Ireland is all about”, Taoiseach Leo Varadkar told troops serving in Mali.

Mr Varadkar met with a number of troops who are deployed to the conflict driven area as part of an EU Training Mission.

In all there are 20 Irish personnel serving in Mali where they are working – alongside soldiers from 25 other European countries – to train the Malian army in areas such as urban warfare, counter-IED and humanitarian warfare.

It is generally regarded as one of the more challenging missions that Ireland is involved on but the mission is also a central pillar of the EU’s work to stabilise Mali which has seen a surge in extremist violence in recent years.

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