French President is going to visit Mali on Sunday which is south of Sahara. The purpose of this travel is to equip Western backing against local anti-jihadist forces better. Emmanuel Macron will make sure the area is ready for any operation that will streamline the French fight against terrorism.
G5 Sahel Will Have an Official Launch as an Anti-Terror Coalition on July 2
The goal of Emmanuel Macron’s visit this weekend is to strengthen French support for countries that sworn to combat jihadists within their own territory. These countries are known as G5 Sahel. Beside Mali, other members of this coalition are Chad, Burkina Faso, Niger, and Mauritania. The main operations take place at headquarters in Mali. G5 Sahel has a basis of 5,000 protectors to which UN added 12,000 peacekeepers. France contributed to these efforts with 4,000 soldiers known as Barkhane.
On Sunday, July 2, Mali will host a summit for African leaders. The French President is going to join these debates which mark the official launch of this new anti-terror coalition. The French party will not only mobilize its own troops in the area, but they will also provide training for command centers.
French Fight against Jihadists Started in 2013
The new force will align with French fight against terrorism and capture jihadists. The very first departure outside Europe for Emmanuel Macron after he won presidential elections was in Gao, Northern Mali in May. During that visit, Macron stated that the French troops would prolong their temporary residence until the region remains clear of the Islamic threat.
France joined efforts to neutralizing jihadists back in 2013. This was when the European country rallied against a Mali takeover that was linked to Al-Qaeda. That mission laid the foundation for a 2014 mobilization when France extended the mandate for its Barkhane troops across Sahel. These operations received $57.2 million support from the European Union. Macron hopes that other nations would contribute to these endeavors, such as the United States, Germany, and Belgium.
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