France Partners West Africa, Europe, Launches Coalition Against Terrorism
France partnered with West African countries on Friday, launching a coalition to fight Islamic terrorists in the Sahel region. France hoped that more political cooperation and special forces, troops would boost a military effort that had so far failed to stifle violence. It was reported that the formation of the coalition was first announced at a summit in January and six months later, a virtual meeting was held with 45 defence and foreign ministers across West Africa and Europe. A French official at the Office of the President, Emmanuel Macron said”Today in the Sahel, victory is possible. To combat Islamic insurgencies, France has deployed around 5,000 soldiers in the arid region south of the Sahara Desert since 2013. Our partners are becoming aware of that.” The official disclosed that the revamped coalition would get more help from European special forces for regional armies, and financial aid from countries such as Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates.