” “We do not want terrorist groups defeated elsewhere, especially in Syria, Iraq or Libya, to seek refuge in the Sahel” . The Senegalese head of state, speaking yesterday afternoon at the summit between Japan and the African members of the UN Security Council, has advocated for the countries of the Sahel and the African continent . strong>
The summit between Japan and the African members of the UN Security Council, organized on the sidelines of the 72nd session of the UN General Assembly and on the initiative of Japan, provided an opportunity for President Macky Sall to salute the excellence of bilateral relations of friendship and cooperation between Senegal and Japan while putting on the table the common challenges that beset the international community which, more often than not, does not listen to the African proposals, full of wisdom for the future of the world. Very pragmatic, Macky Sall gives examples on which the world that needs more soul has failed to listen to the meaningful directions of Africa, the cradle of Humanity.
“At the international level Of course, we have common challenges to tackle, including the challenge of peace and security.” Thus Macky Sall set the scene to highlight the need for genuine international solidarity for the achievement of universal peace. For Senegal, he said, “the priority in this area concerns the fight against terrorism in the Sahel, so that Africa is not the weak link in the international system to fight against this scourge”, insisted the head of the state. “We would not want terrorist groups defeated elsewhere, especially in Syria, Iraq or Libya, to seek refuge in the Sahel.” The second main concern is listening. “To be frank, I have to say that Africans are not often listened to on issues that concern them directly. This is the case of the situation in Libya. There has been a breakdown of a system which, whatever else the well-founded criticism could be addressed, has succeeded in preserving the country from chaos and insecurity, “he noted.
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The situation in Libya is today one of the causes of the wave of clandestine migration through the Mediterranean, lamented the head of state. On Mali, Africa has always advocated a robust mandate and equipment adapted for Minisma to wage war against terrorist groups, hammered Macky Sall.
The Senegalese head of state apostrophizes the international community, particularly the so-called rich countries: “Today, the Minusma is without doubt the most deadly of the peace operations in progress; so that we have to develop other mechanisms like the G5 Sahel to fight terrorism “.
On cooperation between the United Nations and the African Union, Macky Sall thanked Japan for its support in the adoption by the Security Council of resolution 2320 (2016), initiated by Senegal, to ensure predictable, sustainable and flexible funding for peace operations in Africa. Previously, the Head of State had expressed his satisfaction with the bilateral relations of friendship and cooperation between the two countries. “This partnership has strengthened considerably in recent years, notably with a water supply project in Dakar and Japan’s support for our Universal Health Coverage program, as evidenced by the meeting we have just concluded,” underlined the Senegalese president.
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Senegal also understands the Japanese concerns about the North Korean nuclear threat. “We are in favor of a nuclear-free world and, of course, against nuclear proliferation,” said the Senegalese president before concluding: “Be assured that Senegal will continue to work closely in the remainder of its mandate in the Security Council collaboration with Japan and the other members of the Council on this issue “.
By: EL Hadji Gorgui Wade NDOYE (Special Envoy) The Sun