Mali’s military Junta declared on Monday that they stand to assist the coup leaders in Niamey, in what is thought to be a tactical move to safeguard the recent regime change in Niger.
Mali declared that they stand in defense of Niger alongside Burkina Faso and further cautioned that any foreign military action in Niamey will be viewed as a declaration of war against both countries as well as Niger.
Col. Abdoulaye Maiga, State Minister for Territorial Administration and Decentralization, Mali junta, issues a warning that any military action against Niger will be viewed as a declaration of war on Burkina Faso and Mali.
IThe declaration was made in response to the conclusion of a conference by the regional organization ECOWAS, which issued the coup leaders in Niger a seven-day ultimatum to release arrested President Mohamed Barzoum and reinstate civilian rule or face consequences, with the use of military force being considered as a last resort.
Mali further criticized the ECOWAS’ ongoing sanctions against the three nations, calling them unlawful.
The interim administrations in Mali and Burkina Faso, One: The people of Mali and Burkina Faso have voiced their fraternal sympathy with their brothers in Niger who have chosen on their own to take their fate in hand and to assume their sovereignty. Two: Criticize regional organizations for continuing to impose penalties that worsen the suffering of the populace and endanger the PanAfricanist spirit. Three, Col. Abdoulaye Maiga said, “refuse to impose these unlawful, illegitimate, and barbaric sanctions against the Nigerien people and government.
Col. Abdoulaye Maiga, state minister for territorial administration and decentralization for the Mali junta, made the announcement while speaking on the national television network ORTM.
In West and Central Africa, where there have been nine successful or attempted coups since 2020, the countries are governed by military administrations.
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