Spanish PM and French President to attend Sahel Summit

A summit has been organised to assess recent military victories and plan next steps on Sahel region issues on June 30 in Nouakchott, Mauritania.

The summit will be attended by leaders of the G5 Sahel states of Mali, Burkina Faso, Chad, Niger and Mauritania along with the European leaders-French President Emmanuel Macron and Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez and UN Secretory-General, Antonio Guterres. Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte, who is set to confirm a contribution to a special force unit in the Sahel, and German Chancellor Angela Merkel will also take part by video call.

The visit to west Africa will be the first international trip of Spain’s Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez since the coronavirus pandemic has forced to ban international travel.

The office of Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez confirmed that he would deliver some COVID-19 aid to Mauritania when he arrives for the meeting and in the summit bring to the table for discussion the migration issues.

Other issues to get attention in the summit involves demand of European leaders that Mali and Burkina Faso must guarantee at the Sahel summit that their domestic political problems do not reverse fragile military successes against militants in the Sahel region.

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