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Obama: US will help Africa set up peacekeeping force

US President Barack Obama speaks during a press conference at the conclusion of the US - Africa Leaders Summit at the US State Department in Washington, August 6, 2014The United States will help African nations set up a rapid response force to support United Nations and African Union peacekeeping missions, President Barack Obama said Wednesday. Obama, closing a summit with 50 African countries in Washington, said the force could be dispatched rapidly in support of UN-backed missions on the continent. “We will join with six countries that have demonstrated a track record as peacekeepers,” Obama told a news conference. “We’re going to invite countries beyond Africa to join us in supporting this effort because the entire world has a stake in the success of peacekeeping in Africa,” he said.

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