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FRANCE: New international financial support for G5 Sahel

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“We must win the war against terrorism in the Sahelo-Saharan zone. But she is in full swing. There are attacks every day, there are states that are now threatened, “French President Emmanuel Macron said after a summit in support of the G5 Sahel. It was Wednesday, December 13, 2017 near Paris.

Presidents Malian, Chadian, Burkinabe, Nigerian and Mauritanian (G5 Sahel), French President Emmanuel Macron, but also partners of the joint force: the UN, the African Union, the European Union, German Chancellor Angela Merkel and heads of the Italian and Belgian governments, Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and the United States participated in the summit. Objective: to train a force of 5,000 men, composed of soldiers from the five countries involved, by mid-2018. “We are aware that time is running out for us, that with what happened in the Middle East, with the end of the war in Syria, there will be a backlash of jihadists towards us (…) hence the urgent today to ensure that the G5 Sahel’s forces quickly achieve concrete results (…) For this we must keep the financial commitments that both have made, “said the Malian president. Financial commitments, there have been: The United Arab Emirates will provide 30 million euros to this force and Saudi Arabia, 100 million euros. Added to this is the contribution of the partners of the Sahel Coalition; 50 million euros from the EU and 60 million dollars from the United States. Note that the establishment of this force requires approximately 250 million euros.