Does Burkina Faso draw inspiration from Mali in its relations with France?

Soukaina Sghir
Soukaina Sghir
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The spokesman for the government of Burkina Faso confirmed on Monday, January 23, 2023, that the local authorities have requested the departure of the French troops based in the country, within one month. Does the Burkinabè government draw inspiration from Mali in its relations with France? In November 2022, for his first trip abroad, the president of the transition Ibrahim Traoré met in Bamako his Malian counterpart, Assimi Goïta.

Is the transitional government of Burkina Faso inspired by that of Mali? In any case, he is increasingly distancing himself from France and does not rule out the strengthening of the partnership with Russia either.

On the other hand, we all still remember the first official trip of Captain Ibrahim Traoré. A symbol: about a month after taking power, it was his Malian counterpart, Colonel Assimi Goïta, another putschist soldier, whom he had met.

Furthermore, He wanted to draw inspiration from the Malian experience, in early November 2022, Captain Ibrahim Traoré paid a friendly and working visit to Mali. On this occasion, the two neighboring countries officially decided to strengthen their security cooperation.

It is not at all banned that Mali took it as a benefit of this visit to advise its neighbor to strengthen the “Ouagadougou-Moscow” axis. Which means less cooperation with France. In any case, Russian flags have become increasingly visible in the streets of Ouagadougou and Bobo-Dioulasso.

Soukaina Sghir

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