The Council discussed the EU comprehensive approach to security and development in the Sahel region and adopted conclusions.
Ministers discussed how to strengthen the political dialogue and partnership further with G5 countries on security, migration and development, including possibly through strengthening the regional dimension of ongoing missions EUCAP Sahel Mali and EUCAP Sahel Niger and the operation EUTM Mali.
The High representative debriefed ministers on the G5 Sahel ministerial meeting held in Brussels on 17 June and her meeting in the margins with Libya, Chad and Niger on border management. She also informed about the ongoing work on partnership frameworks, which in Sahel concern Mali and Niger. Ministers were also briefed on the state of play of the Emergency trust fund for Africa, which has reached a total of EUR 2.3 billion of EU funds, and under which EUR 530 million have already been committed to projects in the Sahel region. In the discussion, ministers also underlined the importance of the full implementation of the Mali peace agreement, exactly one year after its signature.