Niger military ends France deal, sacks ambassador.
Niger’s coup-led military has terminated military agreements with France and recalled the ambassadors of France, the United States, and other countries.
The so-called National Council for the Defense of the Fatherland, the group behind Niger’s coup d’état, said on Wednesday that it was terminating a series of military agreements it signed with France, according to AP and Reuters.
“After seeing France’s disappointing reaction to the situation in Niger, we have decided to end our military cooperation,” Amadou Abdrahman, a spokesman for the National Council for the Defense of the Fatherland, said on state TV, annulling five military agreements signed with France between 1997 and 2020.
In a separate statement, Niger’s military then announced that it was dismissing its ambassadors to France, the United States, Togo, and Nigeria.
Meanwhile, President Bazoum spoke out publicly for the first time since being detained by the military on April 26 and called on the international community, including the United States, to help restore constitutional order in Niger.
“If the coup succeeds, it will have disastrous consequences not only for Niger, but for the region and the world,” Mr. Bazoum wrote in a Washington Post op-ed.
The West African nation of Niger, one of the world’s poorest countries, has been in turmoil since military forces led by the head of the country’s presidential guard, Thiani, 카지노사이트킴 staged a coup last month, ousting Mr. Bazoum.