Niger Junta Severs Ties with Former Colonial Ruler, France, Amid International Pressure


Niger's military junta has taken a bold step by cutting all connections, including military agreements, with France, its former colonial ruler. As international pressure mounts on the junta to restore democratic order, they have also severed ties with the United States and Nigeria. The decision was announced on national television, along with the recall of ambassadors and a warning to citizens about foreign armies and spies.

The delegation sent by Nigeria's President Bola Tinubu, led by former military Head of State Gen Abdulsalam Abubakar, was unable to meet with coup leader Gen Abdourahmane Tchiani, adding to the growing tension in the region. The West African regional bloc, ECOWAS, had given a deadline for the military to release and reinstate ousted President Mohamed Bazoum, but the junta has shown no signs of compliance.

In response to the pressure, Niger's mutinous soldiers made a public announcement terminating military agreements and protocols signed with France and announced the end of functions for Niger's ambassadors to France, the United States, Togo, and neighboring Nigeria. They emphasized a strong stance against any aggression towards Niger, vowing immediate response without warning.

Amid the escalating situation, European countries have initiated the evacuation of their nationals from Niger. Additionally, Mali, Burkina Faso, and Guinea have expressed support for the coup, further complicating the regional dynamics. As the crisis unfolds, the international community remains watchful, with calls for a peaceful resolution and the restoration of democratic governance in Niger.


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