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Burkina Faso approves sending troops to Niger

The transitional parliament of Burkina Faso has passed a unanimous resolution to deploy troops to Niger, its neighboring country, following the military coup on July 26.

According to Defense Minister Colonel Major Kassoum Coulibaly, the troops will be stationed in Niger for an initial period of three months, with the possibility of renewal. Their mission will involve combatting terrorism and assisting in the stabilization of Sahel states, as reported by state TV.

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On August 30, Burkina Faso’s interim cabinet granted approval for the deployment of troops to Niger in anticipation of an impending military intervention by the Economic Community of West African States (Ecowas).

Both Burkina Faso and Mali have expressed support for Niger’s military junta, which is facing pressure from Ecowas to reinstate the democratically elected government or face additional sanctions and the possibility of regional military intervention.

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Additionally, Burkina Faso, Niger, and Mali have entered into an agreement to establish a joint body tasked with coordinating efforts to address “common challenges.” These challenges encompass countering a jihadist insurgency, addressing general insecurity, and combating underdevelopment in the region.

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