Macron announced that France will end the “Crescent Sand Dune” military operation in the Sahel region of Africa
China News Service, Paris, June 11 (Reporter Li Yang) French President Macron announced on the 10th local time that France will end the “Crescent Sand Dunes” military operations in the Sahel region of Africa.
p > Macron announced at a press conference in Paris that day that the “Crescent Dune” military operation in the Sahel region of Africa will end. This is part of the “profound transformation” of France’s military presence in the region. He said that France will initiate a major change in its military presence in the region.
Macron said that the end of the “Crescent Sand Dune” military operation means that related French bases will be closed, and special forces will be given priority to combat local extremists. He revealed that the specific military integration details will be finalized at the end of this month.
African Sahel is an area about several hundred kilometers wide in the south of Africa, facing the threat of extremism and terrorism in recent years. In 2014, the French army launched the “Crescent Sand Dune” operation in the area, sending thousands of soldiers to the area and launching joint operations with the multinational forces in the area to combat terrorism.
The leaders of the Sahel do not want France to withdraw its troops there, because the local security situation is still fragile. France has been discussing whether to maintain its military presence in the region. At present, the French army is deploying about 5,100 people in the area. Since the start of the relevant military operations, more than 50 French soldiers have been killed.
French Defense Minister Parley stated on the evening of the 10th that France will conduct close consultations with leaders of the Sahel region and relevant partner countries in Europe and the United States on relevant issues. She reiterated that France remains committed to This goal will not change in the fight against terrorism in the Sahel.
Macron chose to make the above announcement on the eve of the G7 summit and NATO summit to attract the attention of the outside world. According to the analysis of French public opinion, security issues in the Sahel region may therefore be included in the agenda of the G7 summit and NATO summit. (End)