Mohamed Bazoum: in Mali the conquest of Ménaka by

In a joint interview with AXADLE and France 24 given in New York on the occasion of the UN General Assembly, the President of Niger, Mohamed Bazoum, confirms that “the situation in the Ménaka region in the north-east of Mali has completely deteriorated since Barkhane’s departure”.

Niger’s head of state specifies: “The Malian armed forces are in Ménaka, they would be there with their Russian auxiliaries, but that has not prevented this deterioration and never has the tension between Fulani and Tuareg communities been as intense as today. There is risk for large-scale massacres between these communities”. Could the cities of Ménaka and Gao fall into the hands of the jihadists? “Ménaka, it is very likely”, replies the president of Niger. “I am convinced that the jihadists from EIGS intend to attack Ménaka. They are militarily capable of it. I don’t think they are capable of attacking Gao, but they have made great progress around Gao”.

In this interview with Christophe Boisbouvier and Marc Perelman, President Bazoum also talks about the current crisis between Mali and Côte d’Ivoire. On the arrest of 49 Ivorian soldiers in Mali on July 10 last year, he has this to say: Alassane Ouattara was “betrayed” by his Malian neighbor.

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