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

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By Belén Carreño and Inti Landauro 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, and Spain’s foreign minister said 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 will hold a final summit session, focused on the south, on Thursda…

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