Before the start of an informal summit of 27 Heads of States and Governments of the European Union, Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki participated in the High Level Conference on the Sahel, organised by the European Union, the United Nations, the African Union and the G5 Sahel group (Burkina Faso, Chad, Mali, Mauritania, Niger). Attended by 62 heads of states and governments from America, Asia, Europe and Africa, as well as representatives of such organisations as the UN, the World Bank, the African Union, ECOWAS, the event was chaired by High Representative for the Common Foreign and Security Policy Federica Mogherini.
In his speech, Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki referred to poor economic and humanitarian situation in the region, underlining that Poland will continue to support the UN, the EU, the African Union and ECOWAS in their efforts for improvement in the Sahel region. The Polish Prime Minister pointed to the direct link between security and development, expressing in this context his support for actions undertaken by the EU, in particular by France and Germany, and combined forces of the G5 Sahel group for empowerment of the region. At the same time, he announced Poland's support of the contingent of the military forces of Chad operating within the combined forces of the G5 Sahel. He noted that in 2017, Poland increased its share in the EU Trust Fund for Africa to nearly EUR 10.5 million. He also pointed out that Sahel is one of those regions in the world that is key to combating terrorism.
Participants unanimously supported the support initiative for the region, in this context also addressing the need for stability in Libya, which is crucial for the security of Sahel. They underlined that security in Africa is of global importance and affects the security situation on other continents. In turn, Federica Mogherini announced that during the conference participants declared support of 414 million euro to Sahel, of which 176 million euro were declared by the EU and its member states.