The negotiations intensified after the announcement of the withdrawal of Mali, Burkina Faso and Niger

The negotiations intensified after the announcement of the withdrawal of Mali, Burkina Faso and Niger

The countries of the Alliance of Sahel States (Mali, Niger and Burkina Faso) announced on Sunday their withdrawal from the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS). Since then, discussions and initiatives have multiplied at the top of the organization and countries in the region to address the situation and find a solution.

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With our regional correspondent Sergey Daniel

Among the most famous heads of state is Ivorian Alassane Ouattara, who is completing his stay abroad. But Nigerian President Bola Tinubu, the current chair of the Economic Community of West African States, also spoke by phone with the President of Ghana and with his Gambian and Liberian counterparts.

A meeting of heads of state of the regional institution is being organized to discuss current events. Among the hypotheses is the possibility of holding an extraordinary summit in Abuja, Nigeria (“ Why not this weekend? », asks one of our interlocutors). Another hypothesis: a meeting on the sidelines of the upcoming African Union summit in Addis Ababa of the heads of state of the Economic Community of West African States.

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The case of Mali, Niger and Burkina Faso has become a stepping stone in the shoe of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), a diplomat from the Commission Presidency admitted. He continues: “ Hence the necessity of wearing gloves “The prevailing idea is to obtain the return within the institution of the countries that announced their withdrawal.

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In the upcoming discussions, Togo is well placed to play the role of mediator. President Faure Gnassingbé has his posts in Bamako, Niamey and Ouagadougou. The coup plotters in Mali, Burkina Faso and Niger are assessing his position in the crisis for 48 hours. Togolese envoys intersect with these three countries Sahel region.

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