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Defence Secretary's speech at meeting of UK, German and French defence ministers

Ben Wallace gave a speech at his first in-person meeting with the German and French defence ministers since the coronavirus outbreak.

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Then for all of us, Mali and the Sahel, and indeed West Africa, is very important as the growth of extremism and terrorism across the African continent should worry us all. What happens over there has a reach back to over here, and to our friends and allies on that content. That’s why we’re monitoring the developments in Mali very closely.

It is our view that a coup is definitely not the way to go about resolving political issues in that country and we have called that out as something that we definitely do not support, and wish a return to civilian government. But we also recognise the absolute importance of tackling extremism and the nation building that we need to do in accordance with the Algeria agreement back in 2015, to make sure stability is returned to that part of the world.

What happens in Mali also affects many of the neighbouring states, not just Sahel states, but other states further along the west of Africa. We will continue to work strongly together to make sure that we uphold the UN mandate, to make sure we support counterterrorism efforts, but also to make sure that the rest of the world recognises that it is going to be serious about tackling the problem that followed. It has to help them with the development and the nation building, tackling anti-corruption and respect to the rule of law and we’ll be working together to make sure that happens and that people contribute to that process.

They were saying the same shit about Afghanistan 15 years ago and look how that turned out. The same with Libya. You would think they would learn their lesson, but no. No doubt we will get sucked deeper into Mali at the behest of the French and more blood and treasure spaffed away again.

'Helping them with development and nation building, tackling-corruption and respect to the rule of law'. It seems like the daft c*unt is still pissed from last night. He is talking about Africa, the bottomless pit for international aid, 14 billion a year which is wasted mostly in Africa to no effect except on African politicians numbered Swiss bank accounts.

The money would be of far better use being spent on defending our borders.

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