U.N. Security Council asks for cooperation to fight terrorist threats in the Sahel

The U.N. Security Council called for increased cooperation on Tuesday between countries in the Sahel, West Africa and the Maghreb to battle the increasing threats from terrorist groups, drug trafficking and transnational crime.

In a statement read by Ambassador Rosemary DiCarlo of the U.S., the council said interregional coordination and cooperation would help in the development of effective and inclusive strategies to fight the threats in an integrated and comprehensive matter. Terrorist organizations like Al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb and the Movement for Unity and Jihad in West Africa recently perpetrated terrorist attacks in the Sahel region.

"The Security Council emphasizes the importance of regional and international coordination in addressing the threat of terrorism in the Sahel region, including information sharing and close cooperation," DiCarlo said.

The council also expressed ongoing concern over serious peace and security threats from transnational organized crime, proliferation of arms and armed conflict in the Sahel region. The statement said inclusive social and economic development is needed to foster development, security and stability in the Sahel.

The council welcomed the deployment of the U.N. Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in Mali to support the political process in Mali. The council also welcomed the development of the U.N. Integrated Strategy for the Sahel, which focuses on dealing with drought, poverty and extremism in the region.