To bolster the region's armies, Washington is increasing the number of its security programmes, from Burkina Faso to Chad. Relyant Global is among the top beneficiaries of this project, having been tasked to deliver OTT Technologies armoured vehicles and to build military facilities.
As a result of France's decision to end Operation Barkhane in the Sahel, Ivory Coast will be called on to play a more important role in France's reorganised military presence in West Africa. A new defence attache is to be appointed in Abidjan to boost military cooperation between both countries.
In early June, the Saudi deputy defence minister Khalid bin Salman informed his counterparts at the G5 Sahel (Burkina Faso, Mali, Mauritania, Niger, Chad) that Saudi Arabia will be disbursing €100m in aid to the Sahelian force by 2022.
Chief of staff Said Chengriha has travelled to Moscow to clinch an astronomical arms deal, worth up to $7bn. In discussions with the Russian defence minister, he also outlined a possible Algerian intervention in the Sahel, starting with Mali.
Following President Macron's announcement on 10 June of France's plans to end Operation Barkhane, the French presidency is trying to mobilise its partners regarding the situation in the Sahel. French diplomats have begun a major operation to persuade the European Union, the UN and the African Union to get more involved in the region, with a Sahel Coalition summit coming up in July and France due to take the chair of the UN Security Council on 1 July.