On Tuesday morning, French President Emmanuel Macron vowed to increase France’s efforts to eradicate terrorist groups linked to al-Qaeda and the Islamic State from the countries of the Sahel.

The leaders of the G5 Sahel — Burkina Faso, Chad, Mali, Mauritania, and Niger — are attending a two-day summit in the Chadian capital N’Djamena. French President Macron is attending by videolink due to the spread of the coronavirus pandemic.

President Macron was speaking to the leaders of the G5 Sahel, Burkina Faso, Chad, Mali, Mauritania, and Niger and urged them to step up their own anti-terror efforts and to restore government control and services in areas where jihadist fighters are operating.

Meanwhile, Chad’s President Idriss Deby Itno said on Twitter during the two-day summit that Chad’s armed forces, widely considered to be the best in the region, will send 1,200 troops to the tri-border area between Niger, Mali, and Burkina Faso. Last year, Chad had agreed to send a battalion of troops to the area.