WASHINGTON: According to the official press release of U.S State Department, U.S. Special Envoy for the Sahel Region Ambassador J. Peter Pham represented the United States at the Ministerial Roundtable for the Central Sahel.
The roundtable was held to address and find a solution to respond to the prevailing crisis in Burkina Faso, Mali, and Niger. In addition to this, the High-Level Humanitarian Event co-hosted by Denmark, Germany, the European Union, and the United Nations was also part of the meeting. During the meeting, Jenny McGee, the U.S. Agency for International Development’s Associate Administrator for Relief, Response, and Resilience and Richard Albright, Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for the State Department’s Bureau of Population, Refugees, and Migration joined Ambassador Pham in representing the United States.
The official press release stated that the Ambassador Pham highlighted U.S. contributions to the Sahel region. Ambassador Pham highlighted U.S. leadership as the largest single humanitarian, development, and health donor in the region. He reaffirmed U.S. commitment to improving security conditions on the ground for those affected by conflict as well as the humanitarian aid workers that seek to alleviate their suffering.
In the Ministerial Roundtable for Central Sahel, Pham encouraged the governments in the region to focus on civilian protection, on ensuring justice, accountability for human rights violations and abuses as well as international humanitarian law. During the meeting, Pham gave examples of how the United States is helping the people of the Sahel transition from receiving humanitarian aid to investing in their development, and he repeated and emphasized on the need to focus on addressing the root causes of violence and instability in the region.