Egypt to send peace-keeping troops to middle Africa and Mali
Egyptian army - REUTERS/Asmaa Waguih

CAIRO: The Defense Ministry is currently coordinating to send an Egyptian military troop and a police troop among the United Nations’ new mission to middle Africa, Ambassador Hisham Badr, Foreign Minister Assistant for Multilateral Affairs and International Security said in a statement Thursday.

Badr added that the state is preparing the troop which is supposed to go to Mali, as the state was previously pledged by the UN to dispatch it as the first Egyptian participation there.

“This mission comes as a part of the international effort to achieve stability and develop conditions in Africa and Mali,” Badr added.

In Darfur, Badr explained that Egyptian police forces troops will be increased during the coming period, as 24 police officers are going to be dispatched there.

This is not the first time that Egypt participates in the UN’s missions for peace-keeping, according to Badr, as Egypt has previously participated in 37 missions since 1960 in different parts of the world including Africa, Asia, Latin America and Europe.

The United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in Mali (MINUSMA) was established April 2013 to support political processes there and carry out a number of security-related tasks.  The Mission was asked to support the transitional authorities of Mali in the stabilization of the country and implementation of the transitional roadmap.

The peacekeeping monitor observes peace processes in post-conflict areas and assist ex-combatants in implementing peace agreements they may have signed.

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