President of Niger regrets departure of French troops from Mali | News

The president of Niger, Mohamed Bazoum, lamented the departure from Mali of the troops of France and other nations that participate in military operations against armed terrorist groups and assured that these organizations will fill the void left by those.

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The president declared to a press outlet that “the Barkhane and Takuba operations play a very important role in guaranteeing security in the north of Mali, an area very close to Niger.”

He added that the withdrawal of these troops “will complicate the maintenance of stability in Mali and then in Niger and in the entire subregion.”



Bazoum: “Our goal is to make our border with Mali secure. We anticipate that after the departure of Barkhane and Takuba this area will be even more infested and that the terrorist groups will be strengthened”.

On February 17, French President Emmanuel Macron reported that the military forces of that and other European nations, plus Canada, will withdraw from Mali within four to six months.

This would close two terrorist operations in the Sahel region, called Barkhane and Takuba, deployed from 2014 and 2020, respectively, to counter extremist-oriented armed groups and stabilize that area, which includes Burkina Faso, Chad, Mali, Mauritania and Niger.