ECOWAS: a restricted meeting in Abuja on security in West Africa

Abuja is hosting this Tuesday, July 18, 2023 a meeting between 4 ECOWAS Heads of State on the fight against insecurity in the sub-region. Beninese President Patrice Talon is a member of the group of West African leaders who are consulting ahead of an extraordinary summit scheduled for next month.

The President of Benin and his Bissau-Guinean and Nigerien peers who arrived in Cotonou on Monday, gather around the Nigerian Bola Tinubu, President-in-Office of ECOWAS, host of the meeting which will discuss the implications for the sub-region of the end of the Mission United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in Mali (MINUSMA).

The proposals resulting from this meeting will be debated in August, during an extraordinary summit responsible for examining the concrete measures to be taken to meet regional security challenges, including the situation in countries in political transition, Mali, Burkina Faso, Guinea .

During their July 9 meeting West African leaders expressed their political will and determination to provide the necessary financial and technical resources for the implementation of the ECOWAS Plan of Action for the Eradication of Terrorism. The Heads of State had also agreed to rapidly activate a kinetic force within the ECOWAS Standby Force (FAC) to support the fight against terrorism.

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