Mali’s FM affirms nation’s irreversible exit from ECOWAS

Mali’s Foreign Minister Abdoulaye Diop reaffirmed the irreversible exit of his country, Burkina Faso, and Niger from the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), despite the bloc’s reconciliatory efforts.

The military leaders of these three nations broke away from ECOWAS earlier this year and established their own confederation on Saturday.

ECOWAS heads of state convened in Abuja a day later, appointing the presidents of Senegal and Togo as mediators to initiate dialogue with the three Sahel states.

Diop, speaking on state broadcaster ORTM, stated that Mali remained open to cooperation with ECOWAS but expressed concerns over the possible introduction of visas for nationals of the three countries within ECOWAS.

The decision to leave ECOWAS was partially driven by accusations against France for manipulating the bloc and failing to support anti-militant efforts.

Diop emphasized the irrevocable nature of their withdrawal, urging a forward-looking approach.

He highlighted Mali’s willingness to work with neighbors and other organizations sharing their regional space.

Diop added that the formation of the confederation is only a step towards creating a federation of the three states.

Despite ECOWAS insisting on a one-year exit timeframe, the juntas have declared their withdrawal effective immediately.

This move raises concerns about the free movement of goods and people within the region.

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