Anti-terror summit opens in Burkina Faso

  • Sunday 15, September 2019 08:21 AM
Sharjah 24 – AFP: West African leaders on Saturday announced a billion-dollar plan to fight the rising problem of violence in the region, at a summit in Burkina Faso.
The plan, to be funded from 2020 to 2024, was announced at end of the Economic Community Summit of West African States in Ouagadougou, where the ECOWAS nations were joined by Mauritania and Chad.

ECOWAS had decided to mobilise "the financial resources of up to a billion dollars for the fight against terrorism", said Niger's President Mahamadou Issoufou.

The money, paid into a common fund, would help reinforce the military operations of the nations involved -- and those of the joint military operations in the region.

Full details of the plan would be presented to the next ECOWAS summit in December.