#ICSF; #Sahel; #G5Sahel; #MINUSMA; #NABERIUS; #FREQUENCE
Ottawa, Jun 13 (Canadian-Media): François-Philippe Champagne, Canada's Minister of Foreign Affairs, and Harjit S. Sajjan, Canada's Minister of National Defence jointly announced June 13 that Canada is joining the International Coalition for the Sahel (ICFS) to facilitate coordination and interaction of international action to support the G5 Sahel countries, media reports said.
G5 Sahel. Image credit: Twitter handle
G5 Sahel countries is an institutional framework for coordination and regional cooperation in developing policies and security matters in West Africa.
Champagne who will participate in the coalition’s Small Group of Foreign Ministers said that Canada is proud to be a partner in the ICFS and looks forward to working with them as well as with international partners to help restore peace, stability and prosperity in the region.
François-Philippe Champagne. Image credit: Website
During virtual meetings with their respective counterparts, Champagne and Sajjan reiterated Canada’s commitment to advancing Sahel's priorities for peace and security, economic and social development, inclusive governance, gender equality and climate change.
The ministers also highlighted Canada’s engagement in contributing to international efforts to stabilize the region, by participating in operations, exercises, and capacity-building initiatives.
Sajjan said that Canada with its strong, secure, engaged defence policy, is committed to working with its partners around the world and will contribute to global efforts to support a more secure and stable Sahel region.
Harjit S. Sajjan. Image credit: Twitter handle
United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in Mali (MINUSMA) is also supported by Canada through the deployment of civilians, police and military officers.
Canada's support through major bilateral assistance programs in Mali and Burkina Faso, contributes to development in the Sahel.
In addition capacity-building training for the Nigerian Armed Forces is being provided by Canada through Operation NABERIUS.
Canada offers assistance to France under Operation FREQUENCE using military aircraft to support the movement of French personnel and military equipment to and from the Sahel region.