The German government has donated 53 vehicles to Niger’s military as part of efforts to enhance the African nation’s military capabilities.
The 53 vehicles will be used for logistics. They were handed over to Nigerien Defence Minister Kalla Moutari by German defence minister Ursula von der Leyen on 11 November during a trip to Niger.
Deutsche Welle reported that Germany is also building an officer training school in Niger and expanding the military section of the capital’s airport.
Von der Leyen said Niger is a strategic partner “in the fight against terrorism, organized crime and illegal migration,” with almost 900 German troops in the Sahel region, including 40 in Niger.
“Niger, like Mali and the other countries of the Sahel region, is part of the European neighbourhood, a neighbourhood facing unending challenges,” von der Leyen said. Niger “is a valuable, reliable and determined partner in the fight against terrorism, organized crime and illegal migration in the region.”
Germany is stationing 40 personnel in the capital Niamey at a new base, out of 900 soldiers in the region.
In July 2017 the German government donated 100 flat-bed military trucks, 115 motorcycles and 55 satellite phones to Niger for use by its special army and police counter-terrorism units to combat cross-border militancy and trafficking through the Agadez region of the Sahel.