Mauritanian President Mohamed Ould Ghazouani took the helm of the G5 Sahel three months ago and is now trying to revitalise the regional grouping. Integrating the G5 Sahel into a broader regional structure is being considered.
Members of the Sahel Coalition will meet in Brussels on 27 March under the leadership of Djimet Adoum. The approach to be taken after Mali's withdrawal from the G5 Sahel last year will be on the agenda.
The fate of the G5 Sahel is more uncertain than ever. Niger's head of state Mohamed Bazoum, who is about to take over the presidency, has made no secret of his scepticism about the usefulness of the organisation.
Following on from his participation in the United Nations General Assembly in September, the former Nigerien head of state Mahamadou Issoufou will present his report on the situation in the Sahel at the African Union summit in Addis Ababa in February.
Niger's former president Mahamadou Issoufou was tasked by the UN Secretary General with drawing up a report on the situation in the Sahel that he will present to the UN General Assembly on 22 September.
The foreign minister's major diplomatic reshuffle is aimed at restoring Algeria's pre-eminence in the Sahel and in the handling of the crisis in Libya, where arch rival Morocco is trying to muscle in.