Russia will continue to help Mali improve the combat effectiveness of its army – Ministry of Foreign Affairs – Russian Politics & Diplomacy

MOSCOW, December 7. / TASS /. Russia will continue to help Mali in its fight against terrorism and will further help improve the combat effectiveness of its army, the Russian Foreign Ministry said on Tuesday following a terrorist attack in the country.

“Moscow strongly condemns the barbaric act committed by terrorist forces in friendly Mali. We extend our sincere condolences to the families of those killed and wish the best of recovery to those injured. We support the intention of the Malian government to take all necessary measures to ensure security, detain and punish those responsible for the crimes, ”the ministry said.

The ministry expressed its solidarity with Mali in its efforts to combat the terrorist threat. “Russia will continue to support collective efforts aimed at combating terrorism in the Saharo-Sahelian region, to offer practical assistance to the countries of this region, including Mali, in terms of improving the combat effectiveness of their forces. armed forces, military training and law enforcement, “the ministry said.

A terrorist attack killing more than 30 people, including women and children, was committed in the region of Mopti in Mali, bordering Burkina Faso and Mauritania. Mopti is home to the Jama’at Nasr al-Islam wal Muslimin group, created in spring 2017 and which has close links with Al-Qaeda (banned in Russia).

Sara H. Byrd