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The French company Arquus, formerly Renault Trucks Défense, signed a contract in august 2019 for the delivery of military vehicles worth €11 million, or CFAF 7.2 billion, with t G5 Sahel, reports Capital.fr.

The G5 Sahel authorities have signed a contract with Arquus to strengthen the military arsenal of this multinational counter-terrorism force. To the tune of 11 million euros, or 7.2 billion CFA francs, this contract will enable the French company specialising in the manufacture of military arquus vehicles to deliver 84 trucks, including 42 7-tonne lightweight (logistics) trucks and 42 6m3 tankers to the G5 Sahel forces by 2021.

According to our source, this contract is the result of funding from the United Arab Emirates disbursed to the trust fund created in Nouakchott, Mauritania, where the G5 Sahel secretariat is based.

Due to lack of funding, the G5 Sahel is not able to find the right formula to defeat terrorism, which is constantly increasing in different parts of the Sahel with deadly attacks and occupations of the territory. Burkina Faso and Mali, in particular, are two countries more exposed to terrorist threats in the Sahel. Recently, Burkina Faso’s President and President of the G5 Sahel, Roch Kabore, called for more funding for the G5 Sahel.

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