Mali – Extension of the European mission to train and advise the armed forces (April 15, 2014)
France welcomes the decision adopted yesterday by the EU to extend for a further 2 years the European mission to train and advise the Malian armed forces (EUTM Mali). Since its launch in February 2013, this mission has successfully contributed to the restructuring of the Malian defense forces, notably by training four battalions.
We are actively involved in the European initiatives in the field of security sector reform in Mali, particularly those aimed at capacity-building in Mali. As such, France supports the decision that was also made yesterday to send a similar European mission to provide advice and training to support internal security forces (EUCAP Sahel Mali). This mission will act in coordination with the UN mission on the ground (MINUSMA).