Burkina Faso, Mali, Niger signal ‘confederation’ treaty

NIAMEY: The army leaders ruling Burkina Faso, Mali and Niger entered a brand new “confederation” Saturday (Jul 6) as they signed a treaty all over their first summit in Niamey, after having severed ties with an current West African bloc.

The heads of the 3 international locations, who took energy via coups lately, “made up our minds to take a step additional in opposition to larger integration between the member states” and “followed a treaty organising a confederation”, they mentioned in a observation on the finish of Saturday’s summit. 

The “Confederation of Sahel States”, which is able to use the acronym AES, will team some 72 million other people.  

The 3 international locations in January mentioned they had been quitting the Financial Group of West African States (ECOWAS), an organisation they accused of being manipulated by means of France, their former colonial ruler.

The 3 international locations have all damaged their army and defence hyperlinks with France, in the hunt for larger cooperation with Russia.

“Our other people have irrevocably grew to become their again on ECOWAS,” mentioned Basic Abdourahamane Tiani, the top of Niger’s army executive as he opened the summit. 

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