Bonjour à tous. C’est un plaisir pour moi de participer cette année au sommet du G5 Sahel. Je remercie le président Ghazouani de son management au cours de l’année écoulée, le président Deby d’assurer la présidence cette année, et son excellence Maman Sidikou pour la course du secrétariat exécutif.
The G5 Sahel does important work to deliver safety, stability, and good governance to your area. The USA is dedicated to being a robust accomplice to you. Such as you, we’re involved about rising violent extremism, governance challenges, and humanitarian considerations within the area.
We help the goals of the Worldwide Coalition for the Sahel to coordinate worldwide help for the area, from constructing its capability to combat terrorism to supporting financial improvement.
As ISIS and al-Qaeda associates search to develop their attain throughout Africa, the US will proceed to work intently with our African companions. We’ll construct on present efforts in West Africa and share classes within the international combat in opposition to violent extremism. We applaud Mauritania for becoming a member of Chad and Niger as Sahelian members of the International Coalition to Defeat ISIS.
Tactical counterterrorism work is crucial. However by itself, we all know it isn’t sufficient. Instability and violence are signs of a disaster of state legitimacy. Historic social grievances, an absence of accessible public companies, and exclusion from political processes – significantly for minority or marginalized communities – all of those erode the legitimacy of governments within the eyes of the folks.
Past a safety response, the trail to lasting stability lies in offering companies and financial alternatives, defending the rule of legislation, and fascinating communities in choices that have an effect on them. It additionally lies in pursuing justice for human rights violations dedicated by safety forces, with clear investigations and actual accountability. I welcome the strides that the G5 Sahel has made, working with worldwide companions, to raised forestall human rights violations and defend civilians. And we look ahead to the complete implementation of those initiatives.
A fast phrase about Mali. Mali stays a linchpin for the long run stability of the Sahel. The USA is dedicated to our help for African-led efforts to make sure an 18-month civilian-led transition, culminating in free and honest elections and a return to elected authorities in Mali by April 2022. We urge Mali’s transitional authorities to hold out an inclusive and clear course of for these elections. And we welcome their dedication to deal with the underlying grievances of the Malian folks, together with safety, governance, human rights, renewing the social compact, electoral reform, and implementation of the Algiers Accord.
Once more, thanks for the work you’re doing to deliver good governance and stability to the Sahel, and to coordinate the regional and worldwide response. The USA is dedicated to being a great accomplice to you. And I’m wanting ahead to working with you, and hope we are able to meet in particular person very quickly.
Good luck for a profitable summit.