The Chairperson of the African Union Commission, HE Moussa Faki Mahamat, said, “to combat the current vectors of terrorism and violence requires new rules of engagement, more mobility and new tactical operational concepts”.
Accompanied by the Commissioner for Peace and Security, Ambassador Smail Chergui, and Mrs. Cessouma Minata Samaté, Commissioner for Political Affairs, Mahamat concluded a tour of more than a week in the G5-Sahel countries: Niger, Chad, Mauritania, Mali and Burkina Faso.
According to the Center for Strategic & International Studies, violence extremism is destabilizing the region, and extremist organizations expanding their ambitions, capacities, and geographical reach into the Sahel and West Africa.
During his oath of office in Niamey, President Mahamadou Issoufou vowed that landlocked Niger would contribute to the fight against militants alongside seven of its neighbors, including Chad and Libya, according to DW.
“Terrorism is an absolute evil,” Issoufou said, stressing that “as long as terrorism is not eradicated in northern Mali and as long as Libya is not stabilized, we will not be able to sleep in peace.”
Mahamat reaffirmed the AU’s support for the efforts of G5-Sahel member countries within the framework of the African Architecture of Peace and the Nouakchott Process of which they are members.
During the tour, Mahamat had in-depth exchanges of views on the overall security situation in the Sahelo-Saharan region and the consultations confirmed the seriousness of the threat posed by terrorism and organized crime to stability and, in the long term, to the very future of the States of the region.
The Heads of State of the countries he visited reiterated their firm determination to collectively address the security challenges facing the region and reiterated their hope that they would rely on the unfailing support of the international community to their efforts.
Mahamat also reiterated the crucial importance of the Security Council United Nations to the collective effort of the countries of the region, within the framework of the AU-United Nations partnership, based on the relevant provisions of Chapter VIII of the United Nations Charter.
He said the G5-Sahel Joint Force offers a unique opportunity to make a decisive contribution to the fight against terrorism and organized crime in the Sahel, based on regional ownership.