The impoverished country of Mali on Tuesday urged the European Union to step up support for the Sahel region amid a spate of extremist attacks.
"It's a race against time," Foreign Minister Tiebile Drame said, following attacks in central Mali and across the border in northern Burkina Faso. He called for action from, "Europe and other countries in the world that have the means and feel concerned by the terrorist threat."
Speaking to reporters in Brussels after a meeting of EU and Sahel country government ministers, Drame said that, "We need support. We need to speed up procedures. We need international mobilization in a concrete way."
- Associated Press News