Burkina Faso and Côte d’Ivoire are committed to pooling their efforts in the fight against terrorism in their countries. They made this commitment on Monday 10 May, following an exchange between the Burkinabe Head of State, Roch Marc Christian Kaboré, and the Ivorian Defence Minister, Téné Birahima Ouattara, who was visiting Ouagadougou, the capital of Burkina Faso.
It is a new page in the fight against the rise of terrorism in West Africa. On Monday 10 May, the Head of State of Burkina Faso, Roch Marc Christian Kaboré, and the Ivorian Minister of Defence, Téné Birahima Ouattara, made a commitment to pool their efforts to combat this phenomenon that is growing in their countries.
« We exchanged on the strengthening of relations of friendship and cooperation that exist between our two countries, as well as on issues of partnership in the field of defence, » Kaboré wrote on his Twitter page.
In front of the press after their exchanges, the Ivorian Minister of Defence, Téné Birahima Ouattara, after an exchange with Roch Kaboré said: « We have been subject to some attacks at the beginning of the year, which is a reality because there is a loss of human life among our defence and security forces. We believe that the fight against terrorism cannot be led by one state alone, » he said, adding that « we are developing countries and we must come together for our people to live in peace. These words were reported by the local media.
Since 2015, Burkina Faso has faced terrorist attacks that have increased displacement and violence in the country. These attacks have increased in scale, notably with the attack on a gendarmerie post in Kafolo, in the border locality between Burkina and Côte d’Ivoire, in April 2020. According to official figures, these raids caused the death of at least 12 Burkinabe soldiers and one Ivorian gendarme. « Since then, the security forces of these two countries have been conducting joint combing operations on their borders, » sources said.