Iran Offers To Help Nigeria Fight Boko Haram

An Iranian deputy foreign minister says the
Islamic Republic is ready to cooperate with the
African countries in the fight against Boko Haram
Takfiri militant group.
Hossein Amir-Abdollahian, Iran’s deputy foreign
minister for Arab and African affairs, said on
Saturday that Tehran supports African countries’
fight against the militant group.
The Iranian official made the remarks during a
press conference on the sidelines of the 24th
Summit of the African Union (AU) in the Ethiopian
capital, Addis Ababa, ISNA reported.
Amir-Abdollahian condemned terrorist attacks by
Boko Haram militants in Nigeria and said Iran,
which has already shouldered heavy
responsibilities in the fight against terrorist
groups in the Middle East, is ready to cooperate
with the AU against terrorism.
On Friday, the African Union called for a regional
five-nation force of 7,500 troops to fight Nigeria-
based Boko Haram militants.
Boko Haram, whose name means “Western
education is forbidden,” controls large parts of
northeastern Nigeria. Cameroon, Chad, Niger and
Nigeria are the four African countries which have
been directly affected by the growing threat of
Boko Haram.
More than 13,000 people have been killed and
over a million made homeless as a result of Boko
Haram violence since 2009.

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