The mediator despatched to Burkina Faso by West Africa’s essential political and financial bloc ECOWAS, Mahamadou Issoufou, on Tuesday stated he was happy by a gathering with the nation’s new navy chief Ibrahim Traore.
Issoufou added that the 15-member bloc would proceed accompanying Burkina Faso’s transition to constitutional rule after the nation was hit by its second military takeover this yr.
ECOWAS had repeatedly urged the junta that took management on Friday to respect a timetable agreed with their predecessors to return to constitutional rule by July 2024.
“We had very profound exchanges. Very frank exchanges,” Issoufou instructed reporters after assembly spiritual leaders and Traore within the capital Ouagadougou.
“I can guarantee you that ECOWAS will stay with the folks of Burkina Faso … and the tough problem they face,” he added.
Burkina Faso’s authorities launched a press release saying the assembly happened however offered no additional feedback.
The assembly happened in opposition to a backdrop of protests in Ouagadougou that compelled the delegation to remain on the airport reasonably than journey to a convention corridor within the metropolis middle for safety causes, a diplomatic supply stated.
Dozens of demonstrators blocked entry to the convention middle on Tuesday morning to forestall the assembly from going down, a Reuters reporter stated.
The crowds remained comparatively small and peaceable.
However they adopted violent anti-France protests over the weekend that flared after Traore stated Damiba had taken refuge in a French navy base, which France denied.
Some accused the bloc of siding with France, Burkina Faso’s former colonizer, and doing little to assist the nation sort out a rampant Islamist insurgency that has killed tons of, displaced hundreds, and pushed besieged cities within the north to the brink of famine.
Frustrations over rising insecurity spurred each the first military takeover in January and the newest coup.