Soldiers of the Mauritania Army wait in an armed vehicle at a G5 Sahel task force outpost in the southeast of Mauritania, along the border with Mali, on Nov. 22, 2018. (AFP Photo)
UNITED NATIONS, Jan. 10 (Xinhua) -- A Chinese envoy on Thursday said that China backs the United Nations' necessary financial support for the G5 Sahel joint force.
At a UN Security Council meeting, Wu Haitao, China's deputy permanent representative to the United Nations, urged the international community to provide strong support to the countries in West Africa and the Sahel region, in fighting cross-border crimes and terrorism.
"Overall the situation in West Africa and the Sahel region has been stable, but countries are still facing threats such as violent extremists, terrorist groups, cross-border organized crimes and natural disasters," he said.
To address these challenges, Wu said that to tackle the root causes of conflict is important, the international community should focus on the countries' development while assisting them on hotspot issues.
The Sahel region stretches across the south-central part of Northern Africa between the Atlantic Ocean and the Red Sea, touching multiple countries.
In 2017, 5 Sahel nations, Burkina Faso, Mali, Niger, Chad and Mauritania, set up the joint force with the aim to roll back terrorism and lawlessness in the aftermath of a Tuareg separatist uprising in northern Mali in 2012.
However, due to inefficient financing, the joint force has met difficulties in attaining full operational capacity.
Concluding his statement, the Chinese envoy pledged that China is ready to work with the international community in continuing to play a constructive role in achieving peace and stability on the African continent.
Ever since its establishment, the China-UN Peace and Development Trust Fund has provided financial support to a number of projects on anti-terrorism in Africa. Strengthening the cooperation with African countries has always been a priority in China's diplomacy, he said.