Burkina Faso has asked France to withdraw hundreds of troops stationed in the country to fight terrorism, a government spokesman confirmed on Monday. 22-retrait-des-troupes-françaises-emmanuel-macron-attend-des-clarifications-du-burkina-faso" target="_blank" rel="noopener">earlier report in the French media.
French soldiers have a month to leave the country, Jean-Emmanuel Ouderago said in a interview on public broadcaster RTB.
“It is not about ending diplomatic relations between Burkina Faso and France,” Ouedrago said. “We are counting on our friends for support, but it is mostly support in the form of material, to help us equip our volunteers to defend our homeland.”
Since then some 400 French soldiers have been deployed in Burkina Faso. 2018As part of France’s efforts to stop the expansion of terrorist groups in the Sahel region.
France’s presence in its former colony has been questioned in recent months, following a military coup that brought junior soldiers to power led by Captain Ibrahim Traoré. last September,
On sundayBurkina Faso’s foreign ministry officially asked France to withdraw its troops in a letter addressed to Paris, reports Agence France-Presse.
French President Emmanuel Macron later sought “clarification” on that request.
“At this current stage, we don’t see how we can be any more clear than that,” Oderago said Monday.
“It is the Burkinabes themselves who will agree to the sacrifices necessary for the liberation of our territory,” the spokesman said.
Burkina Faso’s new leader after coup Express His willingness to “reach out to other partners” in his fight against terrorism.