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Italy's Defence Minister hails Niger peacekeeping mission


Rome, Dec 21 (IANS/AKI) Italy's nascent mission in Africa's will soon be presented to and will "contribute to creating a pillar of security in the region", said on Thursday.

was speaking during a videoconference with Italy's 35 missions in 22 countries, which was also attended by and of Defence Staff

Italy's military missions around the world "have allowed key successes such as the defeat of the Islamic State (jihadist group) in and Iraq," said.

Matarella said that soldiers deployed in Italy's 35 missions around the world are "fully upholding the principles and values of the Constitution".

He thanked the soldiers "for what they do and for the quality of the work they carry out, fully upholding the principles and values of the Constitution."

Mattarella also paid tribute to the Safe Streets Operation to which 7,500 soldiers have been deployed to guard sensitive sites in

He hailed Italy's newly established military mission to Niger, calling it "extremely important" for the security and stability of the region.



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First Published: Thu, December 21 2017. 23:36 IST