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Mali, Niger, Burkina establish Sahel alliance

17 Sep 2023, 19:01 GMT+10

The leaders of Mali, Burkina Faso and Niger on Saturday signed a charter establishing a defence alliance, ministerial delegations from the three Sahel countries announced at a press conference.

"Today, together with the Heads of State of Burkina Faso and Niger, I signed the Liptako-Gourma Charter establishing the Alliance of Sahel States (AES), the aim of which is to establish an architecture of collective defence and mutual assistance for the benefit of our populations", the head of Mali's ruling junta, Assimi Goita, posted on X, the social network formerly known as Twitter.

The Liptako-Gourma region -- where the Mali, Burkina Faso and Niger borders meet -- has been ravaged by jihadism in recent years.

The three countries are battling a jihadist insurgency that erupted in northern Mali in 2012 and spread to Niger and Burkina Faso in 2015.

Source: CGTN

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