The military-backed governments of Burkina Faso and Mali have both issued a strong warning against any military intervention in their neighbor, Niger, which is currently experiencing a coup.
In a joint statement, the two countries emphasized that any such intervention would amount to a declaration of war in the West African region.
The warning came in response to the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) threat of military action against Niger’s junta following the successful coup last week. During an emergency meeting in Abuja, Nigeria, ECOWAS, chaired by President Bola Tinubu, gave the junta a seven-day ultimatum to reinstate President Mohamed Bazoum, who is currently held captive, or face sanctions.
Burkina Faso and Mali, angered by the threat against Niger, conveyed their strong message on national broadcasts on Monday night, urging West African leaders to refrain from intervention and leave Niger to resolve its internal affairs. They cautioned that any such “funny move” would result in “disastrous consequences.”
The situation in Niger remains highly sensitive, and tensions in the region have escalated due to recent political developments. The warning from Burkina Faso and Mali underscores the need for diplomatic efforts to resolve the crisis and maintain regional stability. As the international community closely monitors the situation, de-escalation of tensions and peaceful resolution are of paramount importance to prevent further escalation and potential armed conflicts.
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