2021/02/15 18:22 France and the 5 Sahel summit to discuss counter-terrorism cooperation and strategy



French President Macron and five heads of state in the Sahel region of West Africa held a summit in Chad on Monday and Tuesday (15th and 16th) to discuss the situation of the jihadist rebellion in the Sahel region. The picture shows the Sahel summit held in January last year.  (AFP)

French President Macron and five heads of state in the Sahel region of West Africa held a summit in Chad on Monday and Tuesday (15th and 16th) to discuss the situation of the jihadist rebellion in the Sahel region. The picture shows the Sahel summit held in January last year. (AFP)

2021/02/15 18:22

[Real-time news/comprehensive report]The five heads of state of the Sahel region of West Africa will hold a summit in Chad on Monday and Tuesday. French President Macron will participate in the meeting by video to discuss the Sahel region The situation of jihadist attacks.

According to comprehensive foreign media reports, the heads of the five Sahel countries (Burkina Faso, Chad, Mali, Niger, Mauritania) gathered in N’Djamena, the capital of Chad on Monday. ), Macron participated in the meeting by video to discuss the situation of jihadist attacks in West Africa. Islamic militants in the Sahel first appeared in northern Mali in 2012, after which France intervened to suppress the insurgents. But the jihadist group broke up their actions, brought the war to central Mali, and then invaded Burkina Faso and Niger.

A year ago, the Sahel Summit was held in Pau, France. At that time, France decided to strengthen the deployment of 600 people in the Sahel region and strengthen intervention in the three most war-prone countries (Burkina Faso, Mali, Nigeria). day). This move contributed to military success, but the jihadists still controlled large areas and attacked frequently. Six UN peacekeepers were killed in Mali this year. Since December, 5 soldiers in France have also been attacked and killed.

In this regard, Paris hopes that partners will make more efforts. In 2020, the number of attacks by jihadist groups on French military camps has decreased, but the main jihadist groups are still very active. The French government is facing more and more economic and humanitarian questions at home. The people believe that the government has paid a huge price for its anti-jihad promise (50 soldiers in France have been killed since 2013). The French government also agrees that the remedy for the attack situation cannot be merely military. France believes that the partners in the Sahel have yet to take action on the political front.

Despite the continuing rumors, France is not expected to announce the withdrawal of troops at the meeting. On the contrary, in order to reduce the burden, France may obtain more military support from European allies through the Takuba Task Force (a European military task force led by France) to assist Marley in fighting the jihadists. .



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