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Czech to donate $1.2m to Sahel countries to fight terror

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The Czech government decided on Wednesday that it will provide financial contribution of one million euros (about 1.2 million U.S. dollars) for the development of the G5 Sahel joint force, said Prime Minister Andrej Babis.
The joint forces are being formed by five Sahel countries which are Burkina Faso, Chad, Mali, Mauritania and Niger. It will focus on the fight against terrorism and organized crime on the southern rim of Sahara in North Africa.
Czech government’s financial contribution would be paid through the EU African Peace Facility.
According to Jakub Fajnor from Czech Defence Ministry press department, the defence and foreign ministries agreed on the contribution to Sahel forces. The money is likely to be used to purchase bulletproof vests, helmets, sleeping bags, metal detectors, or explosive suits.
Fajnor said the Sahel joint force has the potential to reduce illegal migration from the region.
Czech government said previously that Sahel is becoming a crucial region in terms of security and transit illegal migration both for the EU and the Czech Republic.
Czech soldiers already operated in the region. It has a military unit that is involved in protecting the headquarters of the EU training mission in Mali and in the training of Mali’s armed forces.
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