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World at the China-Africa summit, Senegal requires the support of Beijing at the Sahel

02:30  29 november  2021
02:30  29 november  2021 Source:   france24.com

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La ministre des Affaires étrangères, Aissata Tall Sall, quitte une conférence de presse, le 20 novembre 2021. © Andrew Harnik, AP Foreign Minister, Aissata Tall Sall, leaves a press conference on November 20, 2021.

The China Summit Africa opened Sunday in Dakar, Senegal. In a first meeting between Senegalese Foreign Minister, Aissata Tall Sall and his Chinese counterpart, she called for the support of Beijing in the fight against terrorism in the Sahel.

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speaking in front of the press at the end of a meeting with her Chinese counterpart Wang Yi, Aissata Tall Sall said hope that China would be "a strong voice" in the fight against terrorism in the Sahel region.

"We would like China's voice, given its influence, is a strong voice to support Senegal and all countries engaged in the problem of insecurity in Sahel," she said. She said.

The minister pointed out that the armies of the region deployed in the Sahel - whose Senegal is part - need "many more legal means to be able to fight against terrorists and against irredentism".

A large part of the Sahel, including Mali, Niger and Burkina Faso, have been confronted for years to incessant attacks of Jihadist groups , despite the presence of the French forces Barkhane and the peacekeeping of the peace of the UN.

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A summit on Sino-American rivalry background

This summit takes place after a tour in November of the US Secretary of State Antony Blinken in Kenya, Nigeria and Senegal, in a context of R Ivality between Beijing and Washington .

China is the largest trading partner of the African continent, direct exchanges ranging from more than $ 200 billion in 2019, according to the Chinese Embassy in Dakar.

The President of the Democratic Republic of Congo Félix Tshisekedi, Egyptian President Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi and the South African President Cyril Ramaphosa, in particular, must attend this summit.

Chinese President Xi Jinping will address participants Monday by video connection, according to the organizers.

with AFP

at the Sahel, the hostility against the Soldiers of Barkhane rises from a Cran .
© AFP / Anne Risemberg The manifestations against the French presence in the Sahel, episodic so far, have taken an unprecedented scale for a few months. AFP / ANNE RISEMBERG We could nick it "the convoy of hell". The supply column of the French army across the Sahel finally joined his goal on Sunday, after being arrested twice with violent manifestations. This example illustrates the growing distrust of part of the population in the face of French military presence in Sahel for a few months.

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