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To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent assessment he has made of the accuracy of the remarks by UN Special Representative and Head of the UN Office for West Africa and the Sahel to the UN Security Council on 8 January 2020 that countries in West Africa and the Sahel are experiencing unprecedented terrorist violence.
The UK is deeply concerned at the scale of instability in the Sahel, including terrorist violence. We are expanding the UK's development, diplomacy and defence engagement to address the impacts and drivers of conflict and poverty. This includes providing three CH-47 Chinook helicopters to French counter terrorism operation Barkhane, a UN peacekeeping deployment later this year, humanitarian aid, and longer-term efforts to improve governance and stability.