Burkina Faso has confirmed it is asking France to pull its troops out of the insurgency-hit country within a month, a government spokesman said Monday.
“We are terminating the agreement which allows French forces to be in Burkina Faso. This is not the end of diplomatic relations between Burkina Faso and France,” spokesman Jean-Emmanuel Ouedraogo told Radio-Television Burkina.
France has around 400 special forces soldiers stationed in junta-ruled Burkina, but relations have deteriorated in recent months.
Reporters obtained on Sunday a copy of the Burkinabe foreign ministry’s letter sent to Paris and dated last Wednesday asking to “terminate and close the agreement in its entirety”.
French President Emmanuel Macron on Sunday said Paris was awaiting clarifications from Ouagadougou over the pullout call.
He said there was “great confusion” over the reports and urged military junta leader Ibrahim Traore to take a public stance.
The government spokesman said Monday: “At the present stage we don’t see how we can make it more clear.”
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