Germany's cabinet has approved plans to increase Berlin's contribution to the mission in Mali. If passed by the Bundestag, 330 more soldiers will be deployed to help train Malian forces and give logisitical aid.
Parliamentarians in Berlin have given approval for the dispatch of military instructors to Somalia on a training mission mandated by the European Union. Opposition deputies voted against the deployment.
The situation in the Central African Republic remains chaotic. An EU mission, including a German contingent, is to support French and African troops already in the country, but it will take some time before they arrive.
Germany’s Bundeswehr is currently involved in military mission in seven African countries. Somalia is about to become the eighth, after Germany’s cabinet approved the deployment of up to 20 military instructors.
German media has reported that the country's military force, the Bundeswehr, may be facing an expansion of its commitments in African countries in crisis. The reports come ahead of an EU vote to discuss the issue.
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