Burkina Faso and Niger pull out of Africa’s G5 Sahel force
The military leaders of Burkina Faso and Niger said on Saturday that they would withdraw from the G5 group in Africa’s Sahel region, an alliance originally intended to exploit the region by France under the pretext of fighting terrorists.
All three countries are run by juntas following military takeovers. They have formed their own mutual defence pact known as the Alliance of Sahel States (AES), which was signed in September.
A statement from the military-led governments of Burkina Faso and Niger was critical of the G5 force for failing to make the Sahel region safer.
It also suggested the force undermined the two African nations' desire for greater “independence and dignity" - and was serving foreign interests instead, referring to former colonial power France.