By Michel Biem Tong, Ouagadougou – Burkina Faso, Friday, December 6, 2019.
At the summit of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) on December 4 in England, French President Emmanuel Macron, as National Telegraph learned, said he will preside on December 16 in the city of Pau in France, a summit with the African G5 Sahel countries.
According to Macron, these countries will be invited to clarify their positions on the necessity of the commitment of the French forces of “Operation Barkane” in their respective countries.
Burkina Faso is one of the G5 Sahel member countries, as are Chad, Niger, Mali, and Mauritania. These are the countries that face the attacks of jihadist groups, National Telegraph has been told.
At the beginning of last October, the presence of a contingent of the French Army was reported in Djibo, in the North of Burkina Faso, which authorities have debunked fiercely.
On October 12, civil society organizations met in Ouagadougou, the country’s capital and argued that the presence of the French Army is a factor of terrorism in the Sahel, hence the need for its departure.
National Telegraph gathered that it’s probably because of the anti-French uprising in Burkina Faso and Mali that Emmanuel Macron convened this “clarification” meeting.
Pundits say it’s vital to recall that France and Burkina Faso are bound by a military agreement signed on December 17, 2018. Another huge concern is if Burkina Faso’s President Roch Marc Christian Kaboré will subscribe to France’s approach.
On November 4 in Ouagadougou, the French Defense Minister, Florence Parly, announced the launching of a French military operation in the border area with Mali and Niger.