Paris vows support for W Africa's fight against terrorism, ebola
Iran Press TV
Sat Nov 29, 2014 6:43PM GMT
French President Francois Hollande says France will support West African countries against terrorism as well as epidemics such as Ebola.
Hollande made the remarks on Saturday during a two-day summit of Francophone leaders in the Senegalese capital of Dakar.
"France is and will remain by your side in the fight against terrorism and diseases, including Ebola," said Hollande.
The French president called for unity among Francophone countries, saying, "France is by your side - we can beat the terrorists if we fight them together and we have proven this in several places," citing Mali as an example.
In January 2013, France deployed its troops to Mali, a former French colony, under the pretext of halting the advance of the Tuareg fighters in the African country's north.
Hollande's recent comments came a day after he visited Guinea, one of the West African countries hit by the Ebola outbreak in the region. France has vowed 100 million euros to help tackle the epidemic, which will fund several mobile health centers in the former French colony.
According to the latest figures released by the World Health Organization (WHO) on Saturday, over 16,000 people have been infected with the deadly Ebola virus and some 7,000 have lost their lives as a result of it.
The outbreak has been most devastating in the West African countries of Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone.
Ebola is a form of hemorrhagic fever whose symptoms are diarrhea, vomiting and bleeding. The virus spreads through direct contact with infected blood, feces or sweat. It can be also spread through sexual contact or the unprotected handling of contaminated corpses. There is currently no known cure for Ebola.
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