The leaders of the G5 Sahel countries wished Monday, in a joint declaration published at the end of a summit in Pau (Pyrénées-Atlantiques), the continuation of France’s military engagement in the Sahel and announced the establishment of a new operational framework in the face of a persistent jihadist threat.
The heads of state of Mauritania, Mali, Burkina Faso, Niger and Chad « expressed the wish for the continuation of France’s military engagement in the Sahel », can we read in this declaration also signed by France.
They « pleaded for a strengthening of the international presence alongside them » and « expressed their gratitude for the crucial support provided by the United States and expressed the wish for its continuity », can we still read.
The heads of state agreed « to put in place a new political, strategic and operational framework which will mark a new stage in the fight against terrorist groups in the Sahel and in the assumption of collective responsibility ».
« This new framework, they add, will take the form and name of a ‘Coalition for the Sahel’, bringing together the countries of the G5 Sahel, France – through Operation Barkhane and its other forms of engagement, the partners already engaged, as well as all the countries and organizations that will want to contribute to it. «