“The meeting today to discuss the G5 Sahel Joint Force was productive and timely. There have been more than 870 attacks this year in the Sahel. It’s time to coordinate the effective eradication of ISIS and al-Qaida forces and end human trafficking and slavery. As part of the longstanding U.S. commitment to stabilizing the region, we have pledged up to $60 million in bilateral assistance to help stand up the Joint Force. The work we did today will help our State and Defense Departments understand how best to allocate that funding for efficiency without duplication, to make this effort a successful one.”
Background: Assistant to the U.S. President for Homeland Security and Counterterrorism Thomas P. Bossert attended the G5 Sahel summit in Paris yesterday on behalf of President Donald J. Trump to discuss and advance Counterterrorism operations with the heads of state from several European and African nations most affected by the growing scourge of radical Islamic terrorism.