European countries seek to speed up deployment of G5 Sahel forces

  • Daniela Tkadlečková
  • 15.12.2017 02:04

On December 13, French president Emmanuel Macron received the presidents of the G5 Sahel countries in Celle-Saint-Cloud, alongside the German Chancellor Angela Merkel and other delegates to consider financing and combat readiness of the African anti-terrorist military forces in an effort to accelerate deployment.

Troops of the G5 countries - Burkina Faso, Chad, Mali, Mauritania and Niger - will be active in Central Africa, together with French troops from Operation Barkhane and forces of the UN peacekeeping mission MINUSMA who are frequently under attack by local terrorist groups. Collectively, the African countries plan the full deployment of 5000 troops by March 2018. The operational readiness is crucial for Germany and France demonstrated by Macron’s calls to speed up deployment while alluding to the possibility of boosting financial support. Access to sufficient financial support is an enticing incentive as the G5 joint forces have sought funding from various actors (EU, African Union, Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates, United States), in addition to building trust among local organisations and communities. Acceptance by the locals would advance the establishment, which is pivotal to defeating the so-called Islamic State (IS) in Syria and Iraq. This is of particular importance due to fears of IS fighters relocating to Sahel, as warned by Mali’s president Ibrahim Boubacar Keita at the summit.

 

 

 

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