Security Council authorizes UN support for G5 Sahel troops


The Security Council on Friday unanimously adopted a resolution authorizing UN peacekeepers in Mali to provide logistical and operational support to the new G5 Sahel anti-jihadist force there.

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The resolution, drafted by France, was the subject of tough negotiations with the United States, which had opposed any UN involvement in the force made up of troops provided by Burkina Faso, Chad, Mali, Mauritania and Niger.

“The dialogue has been frank, constructive and I believe productive,” French envoy Francois Delattre said of discussions with his American counterpart Nikki Haley.

Haley noted the “creativity” of the text, stressing that the United States is committed to supporting African countries in their fight against terrorism.

The resolution stated that “the activities of criminal organizations and terrorists in the Sahel region pose a threat to…

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