ANKARA (AA) – France will withdraw its troops from Burkina Faso within a month, radio broadcaster Europe 1 reported on Wednesday.
Burkina Faso on Monday requested that France withdraw its military, which was deployed to help local forces battle insurgents linked to the al-Qaeda and the ISIS.
The West African country said it has decided to end a military pact that allowed the presence of French troops because it is in line with the transition government’s vision for the Burkinabe people to defend their country.
It noted, however, that the request does not mean the end of diplomatic ties between the two countries.
A French diplomatic source revealed that the request regarding the agreement of 2018 on the status of the French forces in the country will take effect next month.
“We will respect the terms of the agreement and proceed with the request,” the source said.