“Germany is considering sending troops to Tunisia”

Germany is considering sending troops to Tunisia to help train soldiers in the fight against ISIL, a newspaper report said on Sunday. Representatives of the defence and foreign ministries would hold talks in Tunis on Thursday and Friday about how the German military could lend support in a training mission, according to Bild am Sonntag. It said the engagement envisaged training Tunisian soldiers first and could eventually be extended to setting up a training camp in Tunisia for Libyan soldiers, run with other international partners. “The ISIL terror is threatening all of North Africa,” German defence minister Ursula von der Leyen said, and is thus crucial “to make every effort to support countries struggling with democracy such as Tunisia”. Ms Von der Leyen said that a training camp in Tunisia would be a contribution toward regional stability. “And if its direct neighbour Libya manages to put in place a unity government one day, its security forces could also benefit from established training facilities in Tunisia,” she said”.

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