- The G5 Sahel Summit was held on 30 June in Mauritania, the first meeting of the task force members with French President Emmanuel Macron since the Pau Summit in January of this year, which had the objective of reinforcing the collaboration between French military forces and the G5 Sahel member countries.
- The purpose of the conference was to build on the relative success of the coalition and to discuss continued anti-terrorism efforts in the region. The G5 heads of state and President Macron also discussed the economic impact of COVID-19 in the region.
- Summit participants agreed on the need to reinforce the military efforts in the region, and several countries promised increased aid for this effort.
G5 Sahel Conference Held in Nouakchott
- French President Emmanuel Macron met with the heads of state of the G5 Sahel in Nouakchott on 30 June to discuss their continued collective anti-terrorism efforts in the region, as well as the economic impact of COVID-19.
- This is the first collective G5 Sahel conference to including the French President since the Pau Summit in January. Mali, Burkina Faso, Chad, Mauritania and Niger reaffirmed their commitment to anti-terrorism efforts and the deployment of necessary means to stabilize regional economies.
- The Nouakchott conference also suggested a decline in anti-French sentiments in the region after the killing of the head of Al Qaida in the Islamic Maghreb, Abdel Malek Droukdel, by French forces, as well as several other French military victories.
From Sahel Research Group, 03.07.20
G5 Sahel Coalition Summit