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German Minister of Defence meets OSCE Secretary General

Ursula von der Leyen and Lamberto Zannier. (Source: OSCE/Perfect)

Vienna, 04.05.2016.
Reinvigorating dialogue on European security is key to rebuild trust and defuse tensions agree German Minister of Defence Ursula von der Leyen and OSCE Secretary General Lamberto Zannier. The Minister met with the Secretary General as part of an official visit to Vienna on 3 May 2016.

Bundeswehr also to train troops in northern Mali in future

In future up to 300 Bundeswehr soldiers are to be assigned to the EUTM in Mali (Source: Bundeswehr/Bier)

Berlin, 13.04.2016.
In future the Bundeswehr is also to train Malian soldiers in Gao and Timbuktu. The mandate adopted by the Cabinet provides for a reduction in the numbers of German troops, which will now also be deployed in northern Mali. The German Bundestag must still approve the mission.



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    The so-called Amt Blank became the Federal Ministry of Defence on 7 June 1955. Shortly before this date, the Federal Republic of Germany had acceded to NATO. The Federal Ministry of Defence is thus one of the younger ministries of the Federal Government. It can nevertheless look back on a very eventful history.


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