Mauritania: President Mohamed Ould Ghazouani says “he has not betrayed” his predecessor

In an exclusive interview with France 24 and RFI, Mauritanian President Mohamed Ould Ghazouani looks back on his recent interview with Tunisian president Kaïs Saïed. He also spoke about the lightening of the Barkhane device. He also defends himself from any betrayal towards his predecessor Mohamed Ould Abdel Aziz.

The Mauritanian president, Mohamed Ould Ghazouani, reveals, during an exclusive interview with France 24 and RFI, to have met with President Kaïs Saïed after his coup in Tunisia. According to him, his Tunisian counterpart explains himself, evoking “a situation of blocking”, and assures that his actions are provided for by the Constitution.

Returning at length on the relief of the Barkhane device in the Sahel, Mohamed Ould Ghazouani denies any negotiation of Mauritania with jihadist leaders in the region. He also admits that the reduction of French troops in the Sahel risks undermining security in Northern Mali, while saying he is confident that French military support will continue.

Finally, regarding his predecessor Mohamed Ould Abdel Aziz, imprisoned and charged with corruption, Mohamed Ould Ghazouani denies being at the origin of his run-ins with the justice system and rejects accusations that this case hides a political score with his former close friend.

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