African leaders talk security with French President Emmanuel Macron

NOUAKCHOTT — African heads of state have pledged to coordinate efforts to improve the continent’s security and defeat jihadist organizations, particularly in Nigeria and the Sahel region, during talks Monday at the 31st African Union summit held in Mauritania’s capital.

French President Emmanuel Macron arrived in Nouakchott Monday, his visit was to discuss the fight against Islamic extremism and ways to fund counterterrorism and peacekeeping operations.

To greet the French President was Mauritanian President Mohamed Ould Abdel Aziz who met Macron at the airport, he praised Macron for his “work for the development of the region and the fight against terrorism and insecurity.”

The Mauritanian President also commented on the relations between his country and France, saying they have made “significant progress in several vital areas such as defense and security, energy and health in particular.”

Macron who has supported the newly formed G5 Sahel regional force which has become an important framework for coordinating efforts to promote development and to fight against extremism, organized crime and illicit trafficking.

Macron was scheduled to meet with the presidents of the G5 Sahel group,the countries include Mauritania, Niger, Mali, Chad and Burkina Faso.

Macron said, “This exchange will be an opportunity for me to mark my commitment to renew the link between France and the African continent, between Africa and Europe but also to rethink this link in a concrete way, as we are doing between others on issues of security, counter-terrorism and education.”

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