“The jihadist flag should fly” over the Malian city of Ménaka, warns the Nigerien president
Nigerien President Mohamed Bazoum gave an interview to Marc Perelman of FRANCE 24 and Christophe Boisbouvier of RFI on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly in New York. Bazoum expressed concern about the deteriorating security situation in Mali and the jihadist threat hanging over the Malian town of Ménaka in the wake of the French military withdrawal. He also mentioned the case of 46 Ivorian soldiers detained in Mali, accused of being mercenaries. Bazoum recalled that the Ivorian President Alassane Ouattara had worked hard for the lifting of ECOWAS sanctions against the Malian authorities. “I believe he was betrayed,” Bazoum said.