French President Macron, G5 African leaders to boost fight against jihadists

French President Emmanuel Macron hosted counterparts from five Sahel countries on Monday, seeking more backing in the fight against a murderous jihadist uprising even as France's military role is being questioned.

The Five Francophone leaders from Africa in the Pau meeting with French President are Mali, Burkina Faso, Niger, Mauritania and Chad presidents. On Monday, Macron was joined by Mali's Ibrahim Boubacar Keita, Burkina Faso's Roch Marc Christian Kabore, Niger's Mahamadou Issoufou, Mauritania's Mohamed Ould Ghazouani and Chad's Idriss Deby.

According to the French President, "The political goal is the consolidation of the States ... we would launch an international coalition for #Sahel ... conference #Bruxelles on the sidelines of the European Council ", "the situation in #LacTchad and in #Libye is part of the discussions ... "we see that taking into account the reality of the Jihadist field of action is on the agenda of the meeting of #Pau .

Roch Marc Christian Kaboré, President of #BurkinaFaso , says efforts will be concentrated to fight the Islamic State in the Grand Sahara [ #EI West Africa] in the border area with the #Mali and the #Niger

President @EmmanuelMacron confirms the statements concerning the priority of combating #EI in the three border area and announces the dispatch of 220 French soldiers as additional troops to area

"Every time we are asked to leave a country we will do it ... the speeches that I have heard in recent weeks are unworthy and serve the interests of foreign powers who have the interests of mercenaries", Macro said.

However, Macron pointed out that "if the Americans should disengage from Africa it would be bad news for us" and links the theaters of #LacTchad and #Nigeria to the #Libya and at #Sahel "American engagement is very important."

The Terrorists activities in the region have been in the increase daily.

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