Greece preparing to actively join Sahel anti-terror ops

The Greek Minister of National Defence, Mr. Nikolaos Panagiotopoulos, participated on Tuesday, April 7th, in the Ministerial teleconference for the “Task Force Takuba” organized under the presidency of the French Minister of Defence, Mrs. Florence Parly.

In an interference, the Greek Minister of National Defence highlighted the importance of the actions of the EU, its Member States, and the Task Force Takuba for stability, security, and development in the Sahel region. Mr. Panagiotopoulos also stressed that the destabilization of the region affects the wider geopolitical environment of the EU, maritime security, and creates migratory flows to Europe.

The Greek Minister stressed that the opening of a Greek Embassy in Senegal indicates the importance that Greece attaches to this region, as well as those possibilities for contributing to initiatives and actions of France and other EU member-states for the security of the region, are being considered.

The teleconference, attended by Defence Ministers from EU Member States, Norway, Serbia, and Ukraine, as well as officials from Mali and Niger, discussed annual conclusions after the “Task Force Takuba” was established as well as the operational planning of the following years. Participants in the region also expressed support for operations against Islamic extremists to ensure peace in the region.

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