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Africa-France: mini-summit on security, dinner at the Élysée Palace… The parallel agenda of the presidents in Paris

By Jeune Afrique
Posted on Wednesday, 19 May 2021 08:10

The heads of state of the G5 Sahel, on 17 May at the Peninsula Paris hotel. /PREFASO

Invited to the summit on the financing of African economies, Sahelian heads of state took advantage of their presence in Paris to meet the day before, on 17 May, before meeting their counterparts at the Élysée for a wider discussion on debt.

Roch Marc Christian Kaboré, Bah N’Daw, Mohamed Ould Ghazouani and Mohamed Bazoum met with their foreign ministers on 17 May at The Peninsula Paris hotel. On the Chad side, prime minister Albert Pahimi Padacké was present.

This is the first meeting of the G5 Sahel presidents since their informal meeting on the sidelines of the funeral of Idriss Déby Itno on 23 April. They wanted to reassure themselves of Chad’s commitment, despite the transition that is still to last 17 months.

Emergency summit

Pahimi Padacké reaffirmed N’Djamena’s desire to maintain its position within this organisation; and he repeated this same message to the French foreign minister Jean-Yves Le Drian, whom he met on the morning of 18 May.