X Close

World

Published: Monday February 17, 2014 MYT 2:55:02 AM
Updated: Monday February 17, 2014 MYT 2:55:47 AM

African nations form G5 to work on Sahel security, development

NOUAKCHOTT (Reuters) - The leaders of Mauritania, Mali, Niger, Chad and Burkina Faso agreed on Sunday to create a regional organisation to strengthen cooperation on development and security in the Sahel region.

Mauritania will host the headquarters of the new grouping, dubbed the G5 Sahel, and its President Mohamed Ould Abdel Aziz will initially take the chair, according to a statement issued after a meeting in the Mauritanian capital, Nouakchott.

The Sahel is an arid belt of land south of the Sahara desert which runs across Africa from Mauritania in the west to Sudan in the east.

"There is no lasting development without security nor enduring security without effective development," Abdel Aziz said at the meeting. "We have agreed to unite our efforts to tackle this double challenge of security and lasting development in the Sahel."

The closing communiqué said ministers from the five nations would work together to identify priority investment projects and seek sources of international financing, focusing on areas such as infrastructure, food security, agriculture and pastoralism.

In recent years, the western Sahel region has faced a rising threat from armed Islamist groups. Al Qaeda-linked groups seized control of the northern two thirds of Mali in 2012 before they were defeated by a French-led military campaign last year.

(Reporting by Laurent Prieur; Writing by Daniel Flynn; Editing by Alistair Lyon)

advertisement

  1. Karpal Singh: He never feared defeat, says Guan Eng
  2. Karpal Singh, my loving husband
  3. MERS virus: 64 villagers from Kampung Bintang quarantined for a week
  4. A fighter and a gentleman
  5. ‘Don’t play the fool’ and other quotes by Karpal Singh
  6. Michael — shy man whose care spoke volumes
  7. I had no idea it was Karpal, says lorry driver
  8. Penang to give Karpal funeral with state honours
  9. Karpal Singh: Khairy tells Perkasa’s Zulkifli to ‘shut up’ over insensitive tweets
  10. Karpal Singh: Lorry driver in crash tested positive for ganja

advertisement

advertisement