The following statement was issued today by the Spokesman for UN Secretary‑General António Guterres:
The Secretary-General condemns the complex attack perpetrated against the G5 Sahel Joint Force’s headquarters today. Several people were killed in the attack, including troops belonging to the G5 Sahel Joint Force and the Malian armed forces. The Secretary-General expresses his heartfelt condolences to the families of the victims and wishes a speedy recovery to those injured.
The Secretary‑General underscores the important role the G5 Sahel Joint Force plays in countering violent extremism and terrorism in the Sahel region and urges the international community to step up its support to the Joint Force. The United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in Mali (MINUSMA) continues to provide logistical support to the G5 Sahel Joint Force as per resolution 2391 (2017).