Bamako, the Malian capital, hosted yesterday, Sunday, July 2, the extraordinary summit of the G5 Sahel. The 5 Heads of State in attendance were namely namely President Roch Marc Christian Kaboré of Burkina Faso, President Mohamed Ould Abdelaziz of Mauritania, President Mahamadou Issoufou of Niger, President Idriss Déby Itno of Chad) and Malian President Ibrahim Boubacar Keïta, current Chairman of the G5 Sahel.
In his keynote speech at the Koulouba Palace in the presence of members of the government, presidents of the institutions and representatives of the United Nations and the European Union, G5 Sahel Chairman Ibrahim Boubacar Kéïta, spoke in memory of the various victims of the Malian crisis, the security situation in the Sahel, and terrorist attacks citing the allegiance of the various groups to the Islamic State and Al Qaeda as a dangerous threat to peace and security in the Sahel with its share of dead.
“Our security is inseparable. This requires complementarity in our actions to overcome terrorists, “he said.
He therefore called for the implementation of development actions in the G5 Sahel countries.
The Sahel countries must immediately begin work on the organization of the Contributors Planning Conference as outlined in the resolution. Military success must be accompanied by development actions.
He welcomed the commitment of French President Emmanuel Macron in the adoption of the resolution at the level of the UN Security Council. “It should be noted that the European Union, with France in the forefront supports this dynamic because it believes that it is the best way to ensure greater stability in the Sahel and in our common region. Thus, France pleaded with the United Nations Security Council for the adoption of resolution 2359. And, invited all bilateral and multilateral partners to follow the example of the European Union.”
The President of France, Emmamuel Macron, the guest of honor of the summit, called on the G5 Sahel countries to complement actions for a common future.
He thanked the President of the Republic of Mali, Ibrahim Boubacar Kéïta, and expressed appreciation of Mali’s commitment to the fight against terrorism. President Macron said that France has been fighting for the Security Council to support the Malian forces and the G5 Sahel.
The Joint Force is an important step towards “African solutions to African problems” he added.
In a press conference, Malian President and chair of the G5 Sahel and Emmanuel Macron, the guest of honor, announced the rapid operationalization of the G5 Sahel’s joint force.
According to the two presidents, this force will be deployed by next August.”We hope that it will be operational in August. And allow us place our first steps. The headquarters of this force will be at Sevaré. France’s support for this initiative will be flawless. Because, it is a reinforcement of our structural cooperation,”said Emmanuel Macron.
IBK added that the initiative is a new dynamic that engages the announcements the G5 Sahel countries.
The joint force will total 10,000 men, led by Major General Didier Dackoto be deployed in Mali, Niger, Chad, Mauritania and Burkina Faso.
In total, 423 million euros is needed. 50 million euros are already mobilized by the European Union. Each state has made a commitment to pay 10 million euros.
France’s support will initially be operational in the units and above all accompanied during fighting. Then, the country will make available to the G5 Sahel 70 tactical vehicles, communications and transport equipment of men.
France will put 8 million Euros by the end of the year in the G5 Sahel.
Over the next five years, France, through the Agence Française de Développement (AFD), will make available to the G5 Sahel a financial envelope of 200 million Euros. The new DG of the AFD will take office very soon in Ouagadougou.