The Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) has issued a statement following the departure of Burkina Faso, Mali, and Niger from the organization.
According to ECOWAS, it was yet to receive any direct formal notification from the three Member States about their intention to withdraw from the Community.
However, ECOWAS added that it “remains committed to finding a negotiated solution to the political impasse” in those countries.
Mali, Burkina Faso and Niger announced their immediate withdrawal from ECOWAS.
According to them, they withdrew from ECOWAS because the Authority “has drifted from the ideals of its founding fathers and the spirit of Pan-Africanism”.
ECOWAS has pledged to work diligently with Burkina Faso, Mali, and Niger to restore constitutional order, in accordance with the Authority of Heads of State and Government directives.
Read the communique below