Major General Bruno Baratz, the new Force Commander for Operation Barkhane, recently paid a visit to Nigerian Major General Abdul Khalifah Ibrahim, his counterpart from the Multinational Joint Task Force (MNJTF), at Camp Farcha, which is located in N’djamena, Chad.
Nigeria’s Maj Gen Ibrahim, praised the MNJTF and Op Barkhane’s collaboration, saying it should continue.
The general expressed gratitude to the French-led military force for helping to stabilize the area and battling terrorism.
Ibrahim assured the new commander of his desire to cooperate with him in furthering the total annihilation of terrorists in the troubled regions of West Africa.
The MNJTF, according to General Baratz, did a lot to provide stability to their area of operations; he applauded their efforts.
Despite being in the process of departing Mali, Op Barkhane would continue to cooperate with other nations in the fight against terrorism, the FC affirmed.
Baratz indicated his intention to collaborate with MNJTF and other allies in order to carry out their goal of achieving world peace.
Present at the meeting was the Chief of Staff, the Commander of the Centre for Coordination and Liaison (CCL), the Deputy Force Commander, and the chiefs of the MNJTF cells.
On August 1, 2014, the French military launched Operation Barkhane to combat rebels in the Sahel area of Africa.
Following a disagreement with Mali’s military junta, President Emmanuel Macron announced the withdrawal of soldiers from the country in February. Terrorists carried out heavy attacks around the country on Sunday.
However, Ibrahim also met with the departing Brigadier General Bouba Debekreo and Col. Tiokap Loti, the commanders of Sector 1 MNJTF (Cameroon).
Following a brief talk about the MNJTF and upcoming plans, Loti expressed his pleasure to join the team and gave his assurance that he would work cooperatively to fulfill the force’s objective.
The FC applauded Debekreo’s professionalism for holding the role since the MNJTF’s creation in 2015 and wished him well in his new task (assignment).