Mohamed Bazoum arrived on Thursday, June 23 for a 48-hour state visit to the Ivory Coast. A visit that will come when ECOWAS holds a summit in Accra on July 3, when the situation in countries that have experienced recent coups will be discussed in particular: Mali, Burkina Faso and Guinea.
as reported from Abidjan, Peter Pinto
What attitude should be taken towards the Malian, Burkina and Guinean junta? At the last summit in Accra on 4 JuneThe ECOWAS countries have decided to give themselves time. But the clock is ticking and the fateful date for the new summit, July 3, is approaching. It is therefore important to bring the positions closer together.
“These are countries with which we want to maintain and develop trusting relations, but hope that the democratic process will move forward and that the peoples of these countries will not continue to suffer from the current environment. It is not just about our brothers in the neighboring countries, but also about security in our own countries, ”said Alassane Ouattara.
In Mali, in the face of voices calling for sanctions to be lifted, Niger in Accra emerged as one of the supporters of firmness. Is Mohamed Bazoum ready to let go? In any case, Mali must cooperate with its neighbors in the fight against terrorism, the Nigerian head of state appeals.
“There is a situation in Mali that is far from comfortable. We must hope that we have the necessary convergence with our brothers in Mali so that we can coordinate our actions and ensure that we pool our resources to meet a common enemy.
On Thursday, the West African mediator about Mali, Goodluck Jonathan, was in Bamako to discuss with the junta.