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Multilateral defence ministers meeting about the situation in the Sahel

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Minister for Defence Peter Hultqvist has taken part in a multilateral video meeting on 2 September concerning support to the countries in the Sahel region of Africa. The meeting was led by the French Minister for the Armed Forces, Florence Parly, and attended by defence ministers from about ten nations, as well as representatives from the European Union, the United Nations and the United States. The discussions focused mainly on the recent political developments in Mali.

Minister for Defence Peter Hultqvist  during the multilateral video meeting.
Minister for Defence Peter Hultqvist during the multilateral video meeting. Photo: Annelie Gregor Sachs/Government Offices

During the meeting, the ministers and representatives discussed the security policy consequences of the military coup in Mali on 18 August 2020, which resulted in a forced resignation of President Ibrahim Boubacar Keïta.

The participating countries stressed their ambition to continue with peacekeeping support to Mali and the Sahel region, as well as anti-terrorism efforts in the area within the framework of the operations carried out by the United Nations and the European Union.