I welcome the unanimous adoption by the Security Council of resolution 2359 which welcomes the deployment of the G5 Sahel Joint Force.
Through this resolution, the Security Council expresses its wholehearted support for an African initiative on combating terrorism and calls on the entire international community to lend its support. It now remains seized of the matter and will have a regular opportunity to monitor the implementation of the activities of the G5 Sahel Joint Force.
By establishing this force, the African states have demonstrated their determination to work together to ensure their security. I welcome this initiative which we should all support.
Peace and security are a major priority for France, which is engaged alongside its African partners in the fight against terrorism, notably through Operation Barkhane.