EU Council President calls for EU-Sahel summit on security and development

European Council President Charles Michel plans to propose an EU-Sahel summit to coordinate security and development policies. The summit will bring together 27 EU government officials and the leaders of the G5 Sahel, an institutional framework between Burkina Faso, Chad, Mali, Mauritania, and Niger, and will be held in conjunction with the European Council’s next scheduled summit in late March.

In part due to a deteriorating security situation, compounded by a threat from the US to reduce its military presence across Africa, the EU’s relationship with the Sahel region has become increasingly important. The new EU Commission leadership has said that strengthening the EU’s ties to Africa will be a priority, and the documents released in advance of the summit suggest that the Commission is specifically interested in streamlining cooperation between the two continenents' major security apparati.

The EU and its member states are the G5 Sahel countries' main development partners, having mobilized more than €8 billion (US$8.9 billion) between 2014 and 2020 in development assistance.
 
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