Saudi Arabia pledges 100 million euros for Sahel anti-terrorism force


PARIS - Minister of Foreign Affairs Adel Al-Jubeir announced that Saudi Arabia will provide 100 million euros as its contribution to create the new joint force to combat terrorism in the Sahel countries.

The United Arab Emirates also offered 30 million euros. That brings total pledges over the 250 million euros initially needed.Addressing a Paris meet, Al-Jubeir said that this would be an extension of the Kingdom’s active role in fighting terrorism and extremism.

The G5 Sahel force brings together troops from Burkina Faso, Chad, Mali, Mauritania and Niger.

Al-Jubeir led the Kingdom’s delegation to the Sahel countries G5 meeting in the French capital Paris with the participation of Burkina Faso, Mali, Mauritania, Niger, Chad and 20 leaders from Europe and Africa, as well as the European Union and other international partners. French President Emmanuel Macron hosted leaders in a bid to boost a fledgling five-nation military force.

“We must win the war against terrorism in the Sahel-Sahara region,” Macron told reporters after meeting with the five countries’ presidents and other leaders including Germany’s Angela Merkel.

"There are attacks every day. There are states which are currently in jeopardy,” he said following the talks at a chateau outside Paris.