Rwanda offers US$1 million support to G5 Sahel joint force

Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) -  African Union Commission (AUC) Chairperson Moussa Faki Mahamat has commended President Paul Kagame of Rwanda, who is current Chairperson of the African Union, for his country’s contribution of one million US dollars in support of the operationalization of the G5 Sahel joint force.

“This contribution is a strong expression of solidarity with the G5 Sahel countries in their fight against terrorism and organized crime,” Mahamat said in the Rwandan capital, Kigali, on Thursday when President Kagame made the announcement on sidelines of the AU Extraordinary Summit on the Continental Free Trade Area.

According to a statement issued on Friday by the AUC in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, “the financial contribution will be immediately available.” In addition, Rwanda has pledged to provide in-kind support to the Sahel force.

The function was also witnessed by President Mahamadou Issoufou of Niger and the Executive Secretary of the G5 Sahel, Maman Sidiko.

Mr. Mahamat has appealed to the AU Member States to extend support to the G5 countries.

G5 Sahel or G5S is an institutional framework for coordination of regional cooperation in development policies and security matters in central Africa. It was formed on 16 February 2014 in Nouakchott, Mauritania, by the leaders of five Sahel countries: Burkina Faso, Chad, Mali, Mauritania, and Niger.

These countries are facing an increase in terrorist threats and organized crime, which destabilize the region. The G5 Sahel Cross-Border Joint Force was officially launched on 2 July 2017.
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