Chad and Mauritania, the two remaining countries in a West African alliance set up to fight militant Islamists, have said they’re paving the way to dissolve the group.
They made the announcement after Burkina Faso and Niger quit the G5 Sahel group on Saturday and Mali quit in 2022.
The alliance was created in 2014, with an anti-jihadist force added in 2017, backed by France.
In a joint statement on Wednesday, Chad and Mauritania said they respected the sovereign decisions of their fellow founding countries to quit the alliance.
On Saturday, in a veiled reference to France, Burkina Faso and Niger said the group could no longer serve foreign interests to the detriment of their own people.