July 20, 2024
Sahel states alliance summit: A stand against neocolonial influence

Sahel states alliance summit: A stand against neocolonial influence

The Sahel States Alliance (AES) summit has convened amid a charged geopolitical atmosphere. “This event occurs in a tumultuous geopolitical context, marked by significant hostility towards AES states and the individual dynamics of Mali, Niger, and Burkina Faso,” said Lianhoué Imhotep Bayala, a Burkinabè civil society activist and analyst, to Sputnik.

These countries are, according to Bayala, “clearly targeted by a coalition of Western powers” within the region, including nations like France, the United States, Benin, Côte d’Ivoire, and Senegal.

Bayala emphasized the members’ desire to build a robust defense system capable of neutralizing terrorist threats.

The summit aims to establish the legal framework for a confederation, transitioning from a military defense agreement to an act of confederation—a precursor to forming a federation.

Key topics on the agenda include the free movement of people and goods, socio-economic development, administrative integration, professional mobility, business competition, and monetary policy.

Bayala noted, “Previously, central and strategic issues were debated in Brussels, New York, Paris.

Now, African states, through the Confederation, will discuss national intimacy and strategic questions among themselves. These three countries become the focal points for exploring strategic paths and national destinies.”

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