West African foreign ministers held emergency talks on Thursday on the political crisis in Senegal and the withdrawal by three coup-hit countries from the regional bloc.
The Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) extraordinary session addressed President Macky Sall’s decision to delay elections in Senegal, just a week after Burkina Faso, Mali and Niger declared their departure.
ECOWAS Commission President Omar Alieu Touray, calling the crisis in Senegal a “worrying development”, said the current times are the most challenging for the region.
He urged the bloc to remain united as he spoke before the ECOWAS Mediation and Security Council Abuja.
Senegal’s foreign and defence ministers attended, but representatives for Burkina Faso, Mali, Niger and Guinea, all suspended from ECOWAS following coups, were not present.