US News G5 Sahel Summit: Chad sends 1,200 soldiers to the three border zone

03:10  16 february  2021
03:10  16 february  2021 Source:   rfi.fr

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Réuni à Ndjamena les 15 et 16 février 2021, le G5 Sahel se penche sur son avenir. © AFP - MICHELE CATTANI Meeting in Ndjamena on February 15 and 16, 2021, the G5 Sahel is looking at its future.

The summit of heads of state of the G5 Sahel opened on Monday, February 15, extended to several other countries in the region and partners such as the European Union and Arab countries. The summit looks at the future of the body whose mission is to eradicate terrorism in this part of Africa.

With our correspondent in Ndjamena, Madjiasra Nako

Chadian President Idriss Déby Itno announced on Monday February 15 the dispatch of 1,200 soldiers to the so-called “three borders” area, between Mali, Niger and Burkina Faso, for fight against jihadists, on the sidelines of the G5 Sahel summit in Ndjamena, according to a tweet from the presidency.

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The sending of Chadian soldiers was initially announced a year ago during the previous Pau summit. But several factors had prevented their deployment: a growing jihadist threat on the shores of Lake Chad, but also a constant disagreement between Ndjamena and his partners on the terms of this deployment.

So, when handing over the witness to his Chadian counterpart, the Mauritanian President, Mohamed Ould El-Ghazaouani, who until then chaired the G5 Sahel, made a point of paying tribute to Idriss Déby for this decision: "I would like to express all our gratitude for the efforts and sacrifices that Chad continues to make in favor of peace and security in the region. I will cite in particular its decision to deploy a second battalion for the benefit of the G5 Sahel joint force. »

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The countries of the Gulf of Guinea concerned

Beyond the efforts of Chad, a mobilization is needed to increase the strength of the troops. The Chairman of the African Union Commission Moussa Faki Mahamat pledges to work on this: "Our constant advocacy will continue for the mobilization of resources and the rise of the G5 Sahel joint force in coordination with the executive secretariat. "

Terrorism has overflowed the Sahelian basin, forcing neighbors to the east and west to mobilize. This explains the presence at the Ndjamena summit of the current president of ECOWAS, the Ghanaian Nana Akufo Ado, or the vice-president of the transitional government of Sudan.

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On the agenda for this second day of the summit, security issues but also the development of this part of Africa plagued by the terrorist threat which extends towards the seafronts East and West of Africa.

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The Chadian president believes that in addition to the military strategy to fight terrorists, we must train armies, promote the development of regions where terrorists have settled in order to facilitate the return of the state and its institutions. "To do this, we need the support of our development partners," he adds.

The Sahel Alliance, which brings together twenty-five contributors to development projects in the Sahel, announced additional resources on Monday. “We have managed to mobilize three billion euros in additional resources. About part, 40%, of these three billion are already in progress, the rest must be programmed but it is also a clear symbol of the priority that the international community gives to its partners in the Sahel ”, declared Arancha Gonzales Laya, Spanish Minister of Foreign Affairs, President of the Alliance.

The work resumes this Tuesday morning in a more open format with the participation of the countries and organizations that support the G5 Sahel member states.

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