France, Sahel nations to bolster anti-jihadist military cooperation: Statement
AFP, , Monday 13 Jan 2020


France and its five Sahel partners in Western Africa agreed Monday to step up their military cooperation to combat the jihadist insurgency threatening the region, leaders said after a summit in Pau, southwest France.

The Sahel countries also said they hoped the United States would maintain its "crucial support" in combating the Islamist extremists, after a top US general confirmed Monday that the Pentagon was weighing a troop reduction or withdrawal in Africa.

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