In an exclusive interview with FRANCE 24, Niger's President Mahamadou Issoufou said that if Sahel countries do not take effective measures to restore security in the region, the situation could "deteriorate". Issoufou pointed out that he has "always strived for a powerful intervention" by the multinational G5 Sahel force or by the G5 Sahel along with France’s Operation Barkhane, "to meet the heart of the threat".
Faced with the terrorist threat in neighbouring Mali, "if we do not take any measures, the situation could continue to deteriorate, the state of Mali could collapse", Niger's President Mahamadou Issoufou warned in an interview with FRANCE 24. "We must prevent that; we must do everything so that together we can put an end to that threat". Issoufou continued: "If the state of Mali collapses, our states will also be threatened".