FRANCE CONFIDENT OF VICTORIES AGAINST EXTREMISTS IN AFRICA’S SAHEL REGION

France’s President Emmanuel Macron said after a conference to boost a young African military force countering growing extremism in the Sahel region that he foresees victories there “in the first half of 2018”.

Mr Macron announced new pledges for the effort, one from Saudi Arabia of 100 million US dollars and another of million dollars from the United Arab Emirates.

The French leader called the conference to breathe life into the new force, made up of soldiers from Mali, Niger, Burkina Faso, Chad and Mauritania but in need of a huge boost to fulfil its mission, which includes fighting organised crime and human trafficking.

Source: National News Agency