Anti-Imperialism/Foreign Policy

Spain pushes NATO leaders to take bigger role in North Africa, Sahel

MADRID (Reuters) -Spain will urge fellow NATO allies to consider a bigger role for the alliance in North Africa and the Sahel at a summit in Madrid on Thursday, with Spain’s foreign minister saying an intervention in Mali should not be ruled out.

NATO has little appetite for such steps, diplomats say, but as it undertakes the largest scaling-up of its defences since the Cold War to the east, allies such as Spain and Italy worry threats on the southern border risk being ignored.

NATO’s 30 leaders held a final summit session, focused on the south, on Thursday morning, after almost two days of talks dominated by Russia’s war in Ukraine.

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