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Sahel Group of Five summit discusses counter-terrorism issues

by YCPress

February 15 N’Djamena news: The summit of the Group of Five in the Sahel was held in N’Djamena, the capital of Chad, on the 15th, attended by the presidents of all five member states of the organization.

Participants discussed issues such as counter-terrorism.

At the summit on the same day, the outgoing Chairman-in-Office of the Group of Five Sahel and President of Mauritania Ould Ghazuwani said at the summit that the combat effectiveness of the joint forces of the Group of Five in the Sahel has increased over the past year, significantly weakening the strength of terrorist organizations.

Chadian President D├ęby, who became the new rotating chairman of the Sahel Group of Five on the same day, said that Chad would send 1,200 soldiers to the border areas of Burkina Faso, Mali and Niger to counter terrorism.

Speaking at the summit, President Akufo-Addo of Ghana, the current chairman of the Economic Community of West African States, who was invited to attend the summit, said that in 2020, there were 833 terrorist attacks in West African countries, resulting in a total of 2,137 deaths, including military personnel and civilians.

While reaffirming the determination of West African countries to combat terrorism, he called on the United Nations to give the United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in Mali more mandates to combat terrorism more effectively.

The Sahel region is an area of 320 to 480 kilometers wide in sub-Saharan Africa. In recent years, the region has been plagued by poverty, armed conflict and natural disasters.

In 2014, the Group of Five for the Sahel was established, including Burkina Faso, Chad, Mali, Mauritania and Niger.

The group was established to promote cooperation among member states to meet common challenges. In 2017, the joint force of the Group of Five in the Sahel was officially launched.