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Sweden seeks to support security in Mali

27th March 2020 - 16:30 GMT | by The Shephard News Team

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Sweden’s Defence Minister Peter Hultqvist has expressed interest in sending Swedish Armed Forces Special Forces to assist with operations in the Sahel region of West Africa.

During a telephone call with five other European defence ministers, Hultqvist discussed establishing a new task force to support security in Mali and Niger as part of Operation Takuba.

France’s Minister of Defence Florence Parly also attended the meeting which was held remotely due to coronavirus.

A bill has been submitted to parliament which will allow Swedish participation if it is approved.

Task Force Takuba is expected to be fully operational by Q1 2021.

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