Response to French appeal for assistance

Luxembourg sends 2nd soldier to Mali

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Luxembourg is to send a second soldier to Mali to help in the fight against the Islamic State, in response to an appeal for solidarity from France.

According to AFP, the Grand Duchy will send an additional soldier to working on the EU training mission in Mali in early 2016.

The individual will advise the Malian armed forces. Luxembourg also offers strategic transport capabilities managed by NATO as well as contributing financially to the Malian army's fight against extremism.

The country has also pledged 2 million euros to the Malian military to help in the fight against extremism. These funds will be used for training and equipment, medical materials and to support projects that work to prevent the radicalisation of children and their recruitment as soldiers.

Following the deadly attacks in Paris on November 13, France called took advantage of a clause in the Lisbon treaty, which says the victim of an attack can call for assistance from other countries.

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