The Security Council is visiting Sahel [fr]
A field trip of the utmost importance.
As the Sahel is one of France’s top priorities, the Security Council is going to Mali and Burkina Faso tomorrow for an important three-day mission.
Co-organized by France, Germany and Côte d’Ivoire, this mission aims to support the efforts of the countries of the region to overcome the challenges they face and to help them seize the opportunities open to them. The Sahel is a top priority for the French presidency of the Security Council in March, and this mission gives us the opportunity to take stock of the situation and to convey the Security Council’s messages on three key subjects:
- First, to accelerate the implementation of the peace agreement in Mali, particularly with regard to the priority measures contained in that agreement. On this point, the visit will help to prepare the ministerial meeting of the Security Council to be held here in New York on 29 March, chaired by the French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian, in the presence of his German counterpart, the United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres and the Prime Minister of Mali. This meeting will be an opportunity to take important decisions on the future of international support for the Malian peace process and on the future of MINUSMA, the peacekeeping mission in Mali.
- The second priority of this mission to the Security Council is to support the G5 Sahel and the joint force, whose operationalization is a priority. The objective is indeed to strengthen the effectiveness of the tools put in place by the Security Council to support this force and its action against terrorism in the Sahel.
- Finally, the mission will aim at supporting Burkina Faso in its efforts to face the security threat it faces and to help it along the path of development.
France and its partners in the Security Council will give their full support to the Sahel countries, which are committed to restoring peace and stability.