President Emmanuel Macron says French military presence in Sahel will not change
The massive withdrawal of French forces "would be a mistake," he said, noting that "to weaken our system would be a paradox at a time when we have a political and military alignment that enables us to reach our goals is.
President Emmanuel Macron told a press conference here that the French military presence in the Sahel region of Africa will not change in the coming months.
"Certainly significant changes will be made to our military system in the Sahel, but they will not take place immediately," Macron said after attending a virtual summit of the Jiran Sahel countries (Burkina Fado, Chad, Mali, Mauritania). The agency Xinhua reported on Tuesday.
The massive withdrawal of French forces "would be a mistake," he said, noting that "to weaken our system would be a paradox at a time when we have a political and military alignment that enables us to reach our goals is. "On 19 January, Macron announced the withdrawal of some French troops from the Sahel region, following successes against Islamic militants and the arrival of more European forces.
According to Macron, accommodating France's military presence in the region meant "not a disintegration, but an adaptation by focusing on key objectives - the fight against terrorist groups and the battle to help Sahel's forces, but one Not for a long military presence. " Are you there"Our duty is to help sovereign states that ask for it," he said in response to the growing anti-French sentiment in the region.
With thousands of peacekeepers from the United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in Mali (MINUSMA), approximately 4,500 French troops have been deployed in the region since 2014, providing forces from the G5 Sahel countries to counter extremists and the region Help restore security. A year ago, France strengthened its presence with an additional 600 troops.