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EU To Host High-Level Meeting On Sahel

European External Action Service (EEAS), the European Union's foreign service, announced Wednesday that it will host a high-level meeting on Africa's Sahel region in Brussels on Thursday.

"Mali is the chair of the international coordination platform for the Sahel established in Bamako on 5 November 2013 during the joint United Nations - Wold Bank - African Union - European Union - African Development Bank high level mission to the Sahel," an EEAS statement said.

In this capacity, Malian Prime Minister Tatam Ly will open the meeting while Minister for National Reconciliation and Development of the Northern Regions Cheick Oumar Diarrah will chair it.

Substantial achievements have been made in the stabilization process in Mali. But lasting peace in Mali and the region will not be achieved if the root causes of the crisis in the wider Sahel Sahara region remain unaddressed, either at local (north of Mali, south of Libya etc.) or regional level. Long term coordinated international engagement is needed for achieving that objective, the press release noted.

The international coordination platform for the Sahel was established in order to review peace and security developments in the region periodically and ensure the effectiveness of the international support to national and regional efforts.

"The objective of the High level meeting on the Sahel hosted by the EEAS will be to help operationalize this platform and reflect on ideas and principles that will guide its work," said EEAS.

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