The German government has set up a €100 million (US $112.5 million) fund to help partner countries in Africa and the Middle East stabilize their security situation.

The new fund, which is planned for fiscal 2016, will be tapped for measures such as assistance for Tunisian border protection, Katrin Suder, state secretary of the German Ministry of Defense, said in her speech during a conference this week in Berlin.

According to Suder, the aim of the new initiative is to help partner countries prevent crises and stabilize their overall security environment. The money will be used to procure equipment and services for tasks like border protection, small arms controls or the clearing of minefields. Tunisia, Mali, Nigeria, Jordan and Iraq have been identified as potential partners for the next year. […]