WASHINGTON, Dec. 10 (Xinhua) -- U.S. President Barack Obama on Tuesday designated 60 million dollars in defense equipment and services to assist in the military mission in Central African Republic.
In a memorandum to the Secretary of State, Obama directed 60 million dollars in defense articles from the stocks of the Department of Defense and defense services of the Pentagon to be provided to France, the African Union, the Republic of the Congo, Chad, Cameroon, Gabon, Burundi, Uganda, Rwanda, and other countries that contribute forces to the African Union-led International Support Mission in the Central African Republic.
The Pentagon announced Monday the U.S. military will provide airlift support to African forces to the Central African Republic, where sectarian violence has flared up.
According to the Pentagon, French Minister of Defense Jean-Yves Le Drian raised the issue with U.S. Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel Sunday in Kabul. Le Drian requested assistance to support this international effort.
Under the authority of a UN Security Council Resolution, French forces are assisting the African Union-led international support mission to provide humanitarian assistance and establish an environment that supports a political transition to a democratically elected government in the Central African country.
In the near term, France has requested airlift support to enable African forces to deploy promptly to prevent the further spread of sectarian violence in the Central African Republic. Hagel has directed U.S. Africa Command to begin transporting forces from Burundi to the Central African Republic, in coordination with France.
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