The President of the Transition, Captain Ibrahim Traoré, is making his first official visit to Bamako, the capital of the Republic of Mali, on Wednesday 2 November 2022. The information is given by the communication department of the Presidency of Faso. Security issues, the strengthening of Ouagadougou-Bamako cooperation and the pooling of efforts against terrorist groups will be among the topics discussed.
Captain Ibrahim Traoré is making his first official visit since taking power on Wednesday 2 November. For this major event, the number one of Faso chose Mali, the country of Colonel Assimi Goïta. With his Malian counterpart, President Ibrahim Traoré will discuss security issues that have concerned both countries in recent years.
Bilateral cooperation and intensification of the fight against terrorism
The aim of President Ibrahim Traoré’s visit is twofold. The first step is to lay the foundations for strengthening the Ouagadougou-Bamako axis. Secondly, this visit promises to be a new era for intensifying the fight against armed terrorist groups that plague both nations.
Convinced that no country can defeat the highly mobile armed groups on its own, the Burkinabe Head of State intends to insist on strengthening bilateral cooperation and pooling combat resources.
It should be recalled that fifteen people, including 13 soldiers and two Volunteers for the Defence of the Fatherland (VDP) were killed in an ambush on Saturday 29 October in Kikideni, Gourma province, in the eastern region of Burkina Faso. The attack also left four people injured and eleven others missing.