According to statements made by the President of Niger, the dissolution of the G5 Sahel, a multinational force that was established to combat Islamist militants, will take place after Mali withdraws from the organization. In an interview that he gave to the French newspaper La Croix, President Mohamed Bayoum made the comments in question. Bazoum claimed that Mali’s lack of contact with the outside world was making it more difficult to fight rebels.
This week, Bamako made the announcement that it would be withdrawing from the G5 Sahel after it was denied the opportunity to assume the group’s rotating chairmanship. It pointed the finger at “a state outside of the region” for trying to sow discord among the various member states of the organization. Niger, Chad, Burkina Faso, and Mauritania are all part of the coalition that was set up in 2014 to help all of the countries fight against Islamist extremists.
Mali’s relations with France, its previous colonial master, have been steadily deteriorating since the year 2020. This month, Bamako issued an order for all French troops stationed on its territory to withdraw, which led to censure from Paris. Additionally, President Bazoum stated that Mali has not dispatched any troops to secure its portion of the “Three Border Area,” which is a location in the Sahel at the intersection of the national borders of Burkina Faso, Mali, and Niger. He said that the area in question had been taken over by fighters who were part of the Islamic State.
“The Islamic State in the Great Sahara now maintains control of our country’s border with Mali.” “The outposts located in this region have not received any investment from Bamako.” According to the source, Bayoum made a statement that Mali said on Tuesday that a plan to overthrow the country’s transitional government had been stopped.