The U.N. envoy for West Africa and the Sahel Mohamed Chambas urges leaders in the region to follow through on pledges to tackle terrorism+++The United States slams sanctions on the First Vice President of South Sudan+++Iran-US unrest
Germany and other world powers meeting in Munich raised concerns about the deteriorating security situation in the Sahel region. But African heads of state who had been invited were conspicuously absent.
The United States is sending mixed signals to Africa. It wants to fight terrorism, reduce its troops on the continent, and boost economic ties. At the same time, it has banned some Africans from traveling to America.
As Washington considers cutting military forces in Africa, a potential withdrawal in the conflict-prone Sahel region comes at a fragile moment in joint European efforts to combat militants in the area.
Africa remains beset by conflict and terrorism, the continent's leading diplomat has told an African Union summit headlined "Silencing the Guns." Moussa Faki Mahamat warned that some member states even faced "collapse."
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