Burkina Faso, Mali and Niger finalize their confederation project

Burkina Faso, Mali and Niger finalize their confederation project
Burkina Faso, Mali and Niger finalize their confederation project

A meeting on Friday in the Nigerien capital brought together Abdoulaye Diop, Karamoko Jean-Marie Traoré and Bakary Yaou Sangaré, respectively Minister of Foreign Affairs of Mali, Burkina Faso and Niger.

Its “objective was to finalize the draft text relating to the institutionalization and operationalization of the Alliance Confederation of Sahel States (AES)”, explained Mr. Sangaré, reading the final communiqué at the end of the meeting.

This draft text, the content of which is not disclosed, will be “submitted to the heads of state (of the three states) for adoption at the next summit”, of the AES, the date of which has not been specified, assures he.

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“We can consider very clearly, today, that the Confederation of the Alliance of Sahel States (AES) has been born,” declared Abdoulaye Diop after an audience with General Abdourahamane Tiani, the head of the Nigerien military regime.

Burkina Faso, Mali and Niger, former French colonies, turned their backs on Paris and moved closer to Moscow, before creating the AES last September.

Liptako-Gourma, the geographical area which covers the AES, has been ravaged by recurring deadly jihadist attacks for years.

These three countries announced at the end of January that they were leaving the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), an organization that they consider exploited by France, indicating that their decision was “irreversible”.

By Le360 Africa (with AFP)

05/18/2024 at 9:28 p.m.

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