The President of Niger, Mohamed Bazoum, granted an interview to Marc Perelman of UKTN and Christophe Boisbouvier of RFI on the margins of the UN General Assembly in New York. Bazoum expressed concern about the deteriorating security situation in Mali and the jihadist threat looming over the Malian city of Menaka following the French military withdrawal. He also discussed the case of 46 Ivorian soldiers detained in Mali and accused of being mercenaries. Bazoum recalled that Ivorian President Alassane Ouattara had been working hard to lift ECOWAS sanctions against the Malian authorities. “I believe he was betrayed,” Bazoum said. .