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EU boosts G5 Sahel counter-terrorism force

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<p>The EU’s latest boost to the G5 Sahel counter-terrorism force.</p> <p>This was the focus of the meeting that brought together some 30 Heads of State and Government at the European Union headquarters in Brussels on Friday. </p> <p>The EU has doubled its contribution to the G5 Sahel joint military force fighting terrorism to €100 million.</p> <p>Further announcements are also expected at the end of this meeting.</p> <p>In addition to European aid, the G5 Sahel member states of Niger, Mali, Burkina Faso, Mauritania and Chad have also pledged to contribute 10 million in bilateral aid.</p> <p>Nearly 300 million euros have been mobilized to date, while Saudi Arabia has already pledged 100 million euros and the United States 60 million dollars.</p> <p>Security must accompany development, warned European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker at the opening of the conference.</p>