Ministers from Burkina Faso, Mali and Niger Republic plan to proceed with the establishment of a confederation.

This was as the three countries deepened ties via an alliance that threatened broader West African integration. The latest meeting comes just weeks after the neighbours in the impoverished Sahel region announced in January 2024 their withdrawal from the Economic Community of West African states- a decision the bloc has urged them to rethink, warning of the additional hardships this withdrawal would bring.

All three were founding members of the regional bloc in 1975 but had been suspended following military coups that overthrew elected civilian governments.

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