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Sweden plans to participate in a new task force in Mali
Minister for Defence Peter Hultqvist attended on 27 March a telephone conference with five other European Defense Ministers and the Defense Ministers in Mali and Niger to discuss a Task Force in the southeastern Mali - operation Takuba. The meeting, which was chaired by the French Minister for the Armed Forces Florence Parly, was held remotely due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
The governments of Mali and Niger have sought international help to strengthen the countries' efforts to stabilize the security policy situation in the Sahel region and to counter terrorist groups in the area.
The Takuba Task Force will be placed under operation Barkhane’s command and operate in the Liptako region. It will be mainly composed of European Special Operation Forces from Belgium, Denmark, Estonia, France and Portugal and will advise, assist and accompany Malian and Nigerien Armed Forces, in close coordination with G5 Sahel partners, the UN mission (MINUSMA) and EU missions (EUTM Mali, EUCAP Mali and EUCAP Niger), with a robust legal basis in compliance with international law.
The Swedish Government has submitted a bill to the Riksdag with a proposal regarding Swedish participation with parts of the Swedish Armed Forces Special Forces.
Task Force Takuba is planned to have an initial operational capability (IOC) by the summer of 2020 and expected to become operational (FOC) by early 2021.