Minister Czaputowicz attended the first meeting of the Coalition for the Sahel
“The aim of our cooperation is to fight cross-border criminal networks and human trafficking, and to enhance the Sahel countries’ resilience to crises,” Minister Jacek Czaputowicz said during today’s video conference of the Coalition for the Sahel, organised by the European Union and the G5 Sahel group. The virtual meeting was attended by over 60 representatives of different countries and international organisations, including the United Nations and the African Union.
In his speech, the chief of Polish diplomacy confirmed Poland’s full support for the Coalition and underlined its contribution to improving coordination and coherence of international efforts to stabilize security situation in the Sahel. Local state institutions are often not able to face the growing scale of terrorist attacks on their own. The inability to meet the basic needs of local communities is also one of the reasons for instability.
“The activities undertaken by Poland and the EU in the region show our solidarity and partner-like approach to confronting challenges. If we do not address the challenges appropriately, they are very likely to bring negative consequences for the inhabitants of the Sahel, other parts of Africa, and even Europe,” said the Polish MFA head.
Minister Czaputowicz also emphasised that in recent years Poland has lent its military support to Chad and Mali. He assured of Poland’s support for the peace process in Mali, which is a member of the Community of Democracies.
The G5 Sahel is a regional group bringing together five African countries: Burkina Faso, Chad, Mali, Mauritania and Niger. Mauretania has held the rotating presidency of the group since February this year. The G5 Sahel was established in 2014 to foster closer regional cooperation. In 2017, the G5 Sahel Joint Force was created as part of the group to carry out joint military operations in the region.
The Coalition’s activities are based on four pillars: Pillar 1 - Fighting terrorism; Pillar 2 - Increasing military capabilities; Pillar 3 - Supporting state administration; Pillar 4 - Social and economic development.
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