When the news of the terrorist attack in Bamako came in, I was in Ndjamena, Chad, with the President of Mali, together with the Presidents of Niger, Burkina Faso, Mauritania and Chad itself for the Summit of the G5 Sahel. For months we have worked together on our common interests and challenges, which in so many cases originate exactly in the difficult border region of Sahel: terrorism, migrations, climate shocks, development issues.
Being there together, in a day like today, has not only allowed us to discuss the best ways to cooperate on these issues. It was also a way to send a message of unity. A message which keep the same strength in Sahel as in the heart of Europe: they want to divide us, we are and will be even more united.
You can read here my speech at the G5 Sahel Summit, in French.