PARIS, French President Emmanuel Macron has stressed the need to forge new relationships with African partners, mainly those in the Sahel region, based on common security interests, to better fight terrorism and tackle migrant flows to ensure calm at home.
“We can effectively battle against terrorism and protect our citizens only if we have an effective action with the Sahel,” Macron told France 2 Television in an interview broadcast Sunday.
He stressed that “working for a new relationship with Africa is essential to avoid migration”.
After visiting Mali twice since he took office office in May, Macron said he is to travel to Niger by the end of the year to bolster common defense and military actions so as to eradicate insurgency in the Sahel region which push thousands to flee war and seek refuge in Europe.
Earlier this week, Macron received the leaders of the G5 countries — Mali, Mauritania, Niger, Burkina Faso and Chad. Officials from Germany, Italy as well as Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) also joined the meeting to seek ways to avoid the coalition budget shortfall.
Macron and West African leaders announced in July the creation of G5 Sahel, a new multinational military bloc to uproot Islamist insurgents.
Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK