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Macron and Merkel support strengthening counter-terrorism in the Sahel

UNITED STATES, WASHINGTON (OBSERVATORY) — French President Emmanuel Macron and German Chancellor Angela Merkel called on the Group of Seven summit in Biarritz on Sunday to “expand” the alliance supporting African countries in the Sahel to other countries and to “strengthen” the group’s financial support. .

At the end of a G7 meeting devoted to Africa, Macron expressed the need for “change in size and style,” while Merkel said the situation “continues to deteriorate” in the Sahel.

We also announced a new partnership, the details of which will be announced at a Franco-German conference before the end of the year, according to the German chancellor, who also expressed Germany’s “strong commitment”.

But she said the initiative would not mean an increase in the number of German soldiers deployed there, who are currently several hundred training and supporting the UN force in Mali. The number of French soldiers, 4,500 soldiers, are active in its military operation to combat jihadists “Barkhan.”

Burkina Faso President Marc Christian, who was on the side of Macron and Merkel, and whose country chairs the Group of Five on the Sahel (Mali, Niger, Mauritania, Chad and Burkina Faso), stressed the need for “broad-based development support.”

“The announcement of the new partnership with the Sahel does not appear to be new except on the face of it,” said Oxfam spokesman Robin Gittard. He regretted that France and Germany had taken “no new commitment to combat poverty and social disparities in this region”.

“Only 1% of development aid from the G7 countries is for the Sahel,” Oxfam says.

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