Three military-led West African Sahel countries of Mali, Burkina Faso and Niger have signed a security treaty that will make them support one another against any external aggression.
They signed the treaty on Saturday, in a development that appeared to counter the threat posed by the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS).
Recall that ECOWAS issued threats to intervene militarily following the July coup in Niger, that ousted President Mohamed Bazoum.
In making their support formal, Mali junta leader, Assimi Goita, revealed on social media that any attack on the sovereignty and territorial integrity of one or more contracted parties will be considered an aggression against the other parties.
He further stated that the other states will assist individually or collectively, including with the use of armed force.