In anticipation of the gradual withdrawal of France's Operation Barkhane, American security advisors are focusing on modernising the capacities of the Sahel's armies as jihadist and rebel groups continue to destabilise the region.
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.
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.
Ecolog is the front-runner for a logistics contract for the NATO base being set up in Menaka, northern Mali. Now that the end of operation Barkhane has been announced, the base will be home to French-led European military task force Takuba.