Burkina Faso's Transitional Legislative Assembly (ALT) voted unanimously to send troops to neighboring Niger, where the army took power in a coup on July 26. This was announced by the state television broadcaster, quoting the Minister of Defense, Maj Kassoum Coulibaly, who said the troops will have a renewable three-month stay in Niger and will have a mandate to “fight terrorism and contribute to the stabilization of the Sahel states.”
Last August 30, the interim cabinet of Burkina Faso approved the deployment of troops to Niger in anticipation of a planned military intervention by the Economic Community of States ofWest Africa (ECOWAS/CEDEAO).
Burkina Faso e Mali They are among the few countries that have supported Niger's military junta, which is under pressure from Cedeao to restore the democratically elected government or risk further sanctions and possible regional military intervention. Burkina Faso, Niger and Mali also signed an agreement last week to establish a joint body to coordinate efforts to address "common challenges", includingjihadist uprising, general insecurity and underdevelopment.