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A key part of Fabius’s trip has been to push for the international community to help support regional military responses to Boko Haram, including the 8,700 troops that will be on the ground from April 1.
Specifically, the French Foreign Minister is working to garner support for a resolution from the UN Security Council that would legitimise the anti-Boko Haram African force and the backing of a donor conference that would cover the gaps in its deployment.
The anti-Boko Haram force will be comprised of soldiers and other personnel from Nigeria, Chad, Cameroon, Niger and Benin.