France, G5 Sahel leaders pledge to boost military cooperation at Pau summit

France, G5 Sahel leaders pledge to boost military cooperation at Pau summit

France has 4,500 troops in Mali and the wider Sahel, but security has been progressively worsening.

President Emmanuel Macron is concerned about the anti-French sentiment expressed in Mali, Mauritania, Niger, Chad and Burkina Faso about its military support for the fight against jihadis.

France has been trying to legitimise its military presence in the conflict-hit region amid mounting protests against the presence of foreign troops.

"The government calls on the population to be more vigilant, more serene and united, and reaffirms its determination to continue the fight against terrorism until the final victory", the government statement said.

"They agreed on the interest in intensifying ministerial visits in both countries in the course of this year", the statement said.

President Roch Marc Christian Kaboré of Burkina Faso has described Macron's recent insistences as "lacking in tact".

Nigerien President Mahamadou Issoufou has replaced the head of the army after two of the country's deadliest attacks in living memory killed at least 160 soldiers and prompted a rethink in the battle against jihadist groups, the government said.

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Parly welcomed the outcomes of Monday's summit and confirmed a new "Coalition for the Sahel" under joint Barkhane-G5 authority will be created to "allow for more communication, intelligence sharing and coordination".

The city was home to seven of 13 soldiers killed in a helicopter collision in Mali last month, the deadliest one-day military loss for France in almost four decades. A "joint command" will additionally be set up, meant, a French safety origin informs us, to "plan, supervise and supervise the operations of Barkhane, elements of the armies of the countries concerned, and not only those made available to the joint force. of the G5 Sahel ". I want to have a thought for the civilians, French soldiers - we have honoured them today - and G5 Sahel soldiers who fell in the fight against jihadism.

Another 220 French troops will be sent to give fresh momentum to the push against fighters linked to the al-Qaeda and Islamic State terror groups, with more European special forces expected to join in the coming months, Macron added.

The French military operation, France's largest overseas mission, enjoys broad support at home.

Alongside the military expenditures are development initiatives, as well as the latest P3S plan announced at the G7 summit hosted by France at Biarritz in August.

The crisis of extremist violence across the Sahel is deepening, particularly in Burkina Faso and Mali.

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