The G5 Sahel group summit is scheduled to take place in Bamako on Sunday, July 2; heightened security and significant transportation disruptions are anticipated July 1-3 given the planned attendance of regional heads of state and French President Emmanuel Macron. Road closures and transportation delays should be expected, particularly on roadways to and from Bamako-Sénou International Airport (BKO) during that time.
The Group of Five Sahel (G5S or G5 Sahel) includes as members the nations of Burkina Faso, Chad, Mali, Mauritania, and Niger, as well as the African Union. After receiving an endorsement from the United Nations Security Council on June 21, the group plans to use the July 2 summit to move forward with the creation of the G5 Sahel joint force (Force conjointe du G5 Sahel; FC-G5S) to address the regional threat of terrorism and transnational organized crime.
Individuals in Bamako are advised to anticipate an increased security presence and road closures, plan for additional travel time, and carry relevant identification documents.
On a more general note, due to the underlying terrorist and kidnapping threats prevalent in the country, all those present in Mali are advised to remain discreet regarding personal details, particularly information concerning nationality, employment, family, etc. Individuals are also advised to avoid public events and places frequented by Westerners, to remain vigilant at all times (especially in local markets, now used by terrorists as recruitment grounds), and to report any suspicious objects or behavior to the authorities. When going out, always carry a reliable means of communication and inform a trusted contact of where you are going and when you plan to return.
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