US News Fight against terrorism in the Sahel: the G5, Minusma and the EU are committed to more coordination

12:00  30 september  2020
12:00  30 september  2020 Source:   rfi.fr

The head of the junta calls on the Malians to support the foreign "partner" forces

 The head of the junta calls on the Malians to support the foreign © MICHELE CATTANI The head of the junta in power in Mali, Colonel Assimi Goïta, September 18, 2020 in Bamako The head of the junta in power in Mali, Colonel Assimi Goïta, on Tuesday called on his compatriots to support the foreign "partner" forces present in the country, citing in particular the French force Barkhane and the peacekeepers of the Minusma.

Despite this regional “security traffic jam,” the fight against terrorism has stalled, and The Joint Force is intended to complement the mandates of MINUSMA and Operation Barkhane and Taking a more comprehensive approach to addressing security in the region, the mandate of the Joint Force

It also welcomed the European Union ’s commitment to provide €50 million in financial support, and encouraged further support from bilateral “5.”Urges the FC- G 5 S, MINUSMA and the French forces to ensure adequate coordination and exchange of information, through relevant mechanisms, of their

Des casques bleus de la Minusma sur la route entre Mopti et Djenné, dans le centre du Mali, le 28 avril 2019. (Photo d'illustration) © MICHELE CATTANI / AFP Minusma peacekeepers on the road between Mopti and Djenné, in the center of Mali, April 28, 2019. (Illustration photo)

Members of the G5 Sahel and Minusma, the United Nations stabilization mission in Mali, will step up their coordination in the fight against terrorism in the Sahel with the aid from the European Union. The pledge was made Tuesday, September 29, at a tripartite meeting in Nouakchott, Mauritania.

With our correspondent in Nouakchott, Salem Mejbour Salem

During this meeting in the capital of Mauritania , the exchanges concerned in particular the military equipment of the joint force of G5 Sahel which is still awaiting the arrival of 24 troop transport vehicles promised last year by the European Union.

In the meantime, the force benefits from substantial support from Minusma, particularly in terms of food, logistics and medical aid.

This meeting was also an opportunity to discuss the current situation in Mali, where a new transitional president and a prime minister have been appointed, but no government yet.

Pentagon chief Mark Esper on tour in the Maghreb .
© REUTERS / Erin Scott Secretary of State for Defense Mark Esper, September 11, 2020. Secretary of State for Defense Mark Esper begins this Wednesday 30 September a three-day visit to North Africa. Mark Esper is making his first trip to the African continent. He will talk about anti-jihadist cooperation. First step, this Wednesday: Tunisia. Mark Esper has an appointment with President Kaïs Saied, and his Minister of Defense.

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