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The European Union (EU) Special Representative to the Sahel Angel Losada Fernanadez discusses Europe’s security strategy in the region, which focuses on integrating development, security, and governance in coordination with African actors on the ground, in this interview with the Africa Center.

“Security in the Sahel is also security in Europe,” according to Ambassador Angel Losada Fernandez, the EU Special Representative for the Sahel.

In this interview with the Africa Center, Ambassador Losada discusses the European Union’s strategy in the region, which concentrates on the nexus between security and development.

The ambassador pointed out that the  situation in the Sahel area is so delicate “with the  rise of terrorism, problem of governance, security, and economic problem.”

Fernandez stressed that the Sahel region is so important to the EU due to the strong influence  between the Europe and the sahel  not only in security but also  in question of developm

He said, “the development of Europe is dependent on the development od the Sahel with the demographic growth in the area and the impact that they  can have on Europe.

“The EU is convinced on the importance of this region to the stability of Africa, Europe and the world.”

The Ambassador recalled that the  EU has approved a strategy in 2011 based on one concept, the Nexus between security and development. “We can’t have security without development and we can’t have development without security,” he stressed.

He also informed that  the EU has approved a Regional Action Plan to put in place the strategy which has according to him has four priorities.

“The four pillars of the strategy are youth, the fight against radicalization, migration, and illicit trafficking,” he said.

The Ambassador further noted that the EU is working with Africans on the priorities, and is supporting the G5 strongly including its member states.


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