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Albanians arrive in N'Djamena for Eufor

(BRUSSELS2) It didn't take long. The ink on the agreement signed between the EU and Albania was barely dry when the Albanian soldiers landed in Chad. It was an Airbus from the “Esterel” squadron of the French Air Force which transported the Albanian detachment – ​​of 62 men from the Commando regiment – ​​on July 19 to N'Djamena airport. After handing over the passports to two charming French air force soldiers, recognizable by their “sand” outfits, they completed the entry formalities with the Chadian authorities.

Without firing a shot, the Albanians could not help but put on the blue beret as soon as they got off the plane (which constitutes an exception – commendable – headgear is normally prohibited on the tarmac of an airport) and to unfurl the Albanian flag, a two-headed eagle on a red background. The timing is pretty important. This is the first mission in Africa for the Albanian army.

The men were then directed to the Europa camp, Eufor, two kilometers away. Normally obligatory step for all personnel arriving from Europe: to receive the instructions for use but also to get acquainted with the climatic conditions, before deployment in the field. Some will stay there. The Albanians will in fact ensure static guarding of the two headquarters camps: Europa in N'Djamena and Etoiles in Abéché, thus succeeding the Finns in particular who carried out this task. Duration of the mission: six months. Before a shift.

Nb: the agreement was published in OJ of August 13.

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Photo credit: Eufor Chad / RCA

Nicolas Gros Verheyde

Chief editor of the B2 site. Graduated in European law from the University of Paris I Pantheon Sorbonne and listener to the 65th session of the IHEDN (Institut des Hautes Etudes de la Défense Nationale. Journalist since 1989, founded B2 - Bruxelles2 in 2008. EU/NATO correspondent in Brussels for Sud-Ouest (previously West-France and France-Soir).

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