government wants ‘stronger engagement’ from China

AA/Ouagadougou/Dramane Traoré

The Prime Minister of the Transition of Burkina Faso Apollinaire Joachimson Kyelem de Tambela, wished Friday, a firmer commitment of China to support the country in the fight against terrorism, through in particular the supply of armaments.

The head of the Burkinabè government made this declaration during an audience granted Friday to the ambassador of the People’s Republic of China in Burkina Faso, Lu Shan, according to a press release from the Primature published on Saturday.

During this interview, the head of the Burkinabè government explained to his host the areas of cooperation where he would like China to intervene, according to the same source who underlines that Kyelem de Tambela, declared: “We want to develop by our own means, but we are technically and financially limited”.

The first area, which he described as a “serious problem” is that of the fight against terrorism and, according to him, China’s participation in the military field, “could result in the supply of armaments, with a view to ‘support the Burkinabè army’.

In the agricultural sector, the Prime Minister wished China to build factories in order to meet the challenges of the conservation and processing of raw materials.

“We produce a lot of gold, but our gold is sold in its raw state abroad. China can help us refine our gold there. The same is true for the production of cotton, where China can to set up industries, in order to transform our cotton on the spot”, he underlined.

Kyelem de Tambela also called for the launch of a direct Beijing-Ouagadougou flight.

“These are all areas in which China can contribute. It has the means and the techniques necessary for this. We believe that it is not beyond China’s capacities”, maintained the Head of Government.

Responding to these grievances, the Chinese diplomat said that on the military level, China supports the actions of the Burkinabè authorities.

“According to our plan, we are going to deliver military equipment to Burkina Faso, to help it in the fight against terrorism,” promised Ambassador Lu Shan.

According to him, Burkina Faso is currently facing many challenges, “but we salute the resilience of the Burkinabè people”.

Faced with a security crisis fueled by terrorist attacks since 2015, Burkina Faso has committed in recent years to diversifying its partnerships in the military field in order to intensify the fight against terrorism. A choice motivated, in particular, by the growing rejection of the populations of the French presence in all its forms.

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