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Our exit from ECOWAS irreversible – Mali

The military juntas in Niger, Mali and Burkina Faso broke away from regional bloc, ECOWAS, earlier this year and formed a confederation...

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Our exit from ECOWAS irreversible – Mali

Story from Uji A. ILIYASU 

Mali’s Foreign Minister Abdoulaye Diop, has said the decision of Mali, Burkina Faso and Niger Republic to leave the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) is irreversible.

Diop said this despite reconciliatory efforts from the union.

The military juntas in Niger, Mali and Burkina Faso broke away from regional bloc, ECOWAS, earlier this year and formed a confederation of their own on Saturday.

ECOWAS heads of state assembled in Abuja a day later and appointed the presidents of Senegal and Togo as mediators of dialogue with the three Sahel states.

According to Diop, Mali is ready to cooperate with ECOWAS, but it’s against the possible introduction of visas for nationals of the three countries travelling within the bloc.

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“Our Heads of State were very clear in Niamey when they said the withdrawal of the three countries from ECOWAS is irrevocable and was done without delay, and from now on we must stop looking in the rear-view mirror,” Diop said.

Mali remains “open to working with our neighbours and other organisations with which we share this space,” he added.

“We will have to maintain discussions with others in order to move forward, but I believe that the path we have embarked upon is not reversible.”

Proofreading editing by Uji A Iliyasu, Editor at Neptune Prime

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