The region has been facing a decade-long insurgency from Boko Haram terrorists.
Dominic Rabb, UK’s Secretary of State Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, said the budget was part of the new UK funding to fight the growing threat of terrorism in West Africa.
“The funds would be used to support both the regionally-led military fight against Daesh and projects encouraging its fighters to leave the terrorist groups,” Rabb said during a meeting of foreign ministers from more than 45 countries in Rome.
The ministers, under the auspices of the Global Coalition Against Daesh/ISIS, met to discuss deepening cooperation to combat Daesh and its affiliate terrorist groups, including emerging threats across the African continent.
Raab reportedly urged coalition partners to come together to tackle this pressing threat and target the longer-term drivers of terrorism in Africa and other places where the attack is Growing.
The UK is funding a new Conflict, Stability and Security Fund programme for the Lake Chad Basin region of West Africa. Daesh’s affiliate, known as Islamic State West Africa Province (ISWAP), is responsible for significant violence.
“This will support regional military efforts to counter Daesh and other groups, as well as efforts to demobilise suspected low-level members of terrorist groups safely,” Raab said.
According to the Council on Foreign Relations, more than 37,000 people have been killed and millions displaced due to the protracted Boko Haram conflict.
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