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Seven vehicles handed over to Mauritanian forces

(B2) European Commissioner Jutta Urpilainen, in charge of 'International Partnerships', will officially hand over in Nouakchott (Mauritania), on Tuesday (25 February), the keys of seven armored vehicles to the Mauritanian battalion of the G5 Sahel Joint Force

This is part of the batch of 46 vehicles provided by the European Union. Others had already been supplied to Mali in January (read: 13 armored vehicles for the two Malian G5 Sahel battalions). The handover was made symbolically as the heads of state of the G5 Sahel are meeting for a summit in the Mauritanian capital and a multinational exercise is in full swing.

A multinational exercise in progress

This exercise, which began on February 17, 2020, brings together the forces of the region. It brings together around 1600 soldiers from 34 African and Western countries and should end on February 28, 2020. On the menu, various maneuvers focused on the recognition of suspicious points, or control of roads. It takes part in particular the autonomous battalion of special forces according to the FAMa.


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).