Egypt to host meeting of G5 Sahel military leaders this week: Army

Ahmed Eleiba , Sunday 9 Feb 2020

The meeting will bring together the chiefs of staff of the G5 Sahel countries and representatives of donor states

Tamer El-Refai
Egypt's Army Spokesperson Colonel Tamer El-Refai (Photo: Ahram)

Egypt is hosting a meeting between the chiefs of staff of the G5 Sahel countries on Tuesday to discuss counterterrorism efforts in the region, the Egyptian military said in a statement.

The two-day gathering of Sahelian countries, which includes Burkina Faso, Chad, Mali, Mauritania, and Niger, will also have representatives of donor states.

The military leaders will discuss mechanisms for enhancing counterterrorism cooperation between the G5 Sahel countries through exchanging support and sharing security and defence experiences. They will also tackle development efforts in the region.

During the meeting, Egypt will propose organising anti-terrorism training for personnel from the five countries with the aim of "enhancing their abilities in confronting terrorism, achieving greater security and opening up development prospects" in these nations.

The meeting is part of Egypt's efforts to boost cooperation with countries in the region to eradicate terrorism and bolster security and stability.

The G5 Sahel was established by the five countries in Nouakchott, Mauritania in February 2014 with the aim of boosting economic development and security in the region and combating the growing threat of terrorism.

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