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After several days in Niamey, the Americans leave without meeting General Tiani.

By b0oua Mar 15, 2024

Over the course of this week, a number of American representatives visited Niger. After over eight months had passed since the military coup in Niger, the group was scheduled to remain there for a period of two days in order to continue discussions

with the newly established authorities in Niamey. An additional day was finally granted to the representatives in order to make an attempt to meet with General Tiani; nevertheless, they left without being received.

The United States Under-Secretary of State for Africa arrived in Niamey for the second time in three months, and this time she requested to meet with the head of the Central National Security Police (CNSP). The appointment for an audience with General Tiani was scheduled to take place on Wednesday, March 13, according to a diplomatic source. It was planned that the hearing would take place at 1:45, but in the end, it did not take place.

Molly Phee, who was accompanied by a Pentagon official and the commander in chief of Africom, the American military command for Africa, decided to prolong her stay by one day in the hopes that the meeting would take place on Thursday, March 14, but her efforts were ultimately fruitless. For the past two days, however, the office of the Prime Minister has been visited by representatives from the United States of America.

According to the United States Department of State, the purpose of the visit was to continue conversations with the new authorities, with the intention of discussing partnership in the areas of development and security. Following the 26th of July, the United States continues to maintain a thousand soldiers and a drone base in Agadez, despite the fact that it has ceased its cooperation with Niger.

On the side of the Nigerian presidency, there is complete and utter quiet. There is no press statement that has been issued regarding the departure or non-departure of the thousand American soldiers who were stationed in Niger, as well as the reasons for the delayed holding of this hearing that was due to take place.

There are three meetings that need to take place between the delegation and the junta in order to investigate the reasons behind this rejection. One of the most contentious issues was Niger’s decision over which partners to work with following the forcible departure of French soldiers, specifically Russia and Wagner. According to diplomatic sources,

the American delegation exerted all of its influence in an effort to prevent the military junta from making choice that could be considered “hazardous.” There is no chance that the members of the junta who are participating in these conversations are a random assortment. Among the fourteen members of the national council for the defense of the fatherland, the CNSP, and those who are close to Moscow, these representatives are, in fact, the most extremist of the group.

Since the coup d’état, Niger has made the decision to withdraw from the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), along with Mali and Burkina Faso, which were its partners in the Alliance of Sahel States (AES). Meanwhile, Niger has also moved closer to new partners such as Russia.

On Friday, a member of the delegation stated that a group from the West African regional bloc ECOWAS had left Niger without having the opportunity to meet with the leader of the junta that had seized power in a coup.
“but did not spend the night” as agreed, nor did they meet with coup leader Abdourahamane Tiani or deposed President Mohamed Bazoum, according to a member of the team. The group from the Economic Community of West African States arrived in the capital city of Niamey on Thursday.

It was initially planned for the team to meet with Tiani in order to submit ECOWAS’s requests, as stated by the Nigerian presidency. The trip was led by Abdulsalami Abubakar, who had previously served as the president of Nigeria.

The Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) has imposed sanctions and on Sunday given the putschists a week to restore Bazoum to power. Nigeria, a regional heavyweight, is now holding the rotating chair of ECOWAS.

While the President of Nigeria, Bola Tinubu, stated that the bloc will do its best to resolve the conflict by peaceful means, the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) stated that it could resort to military involvement as a last resort.

In the meantime, the junta in Niger issued a warning that it would respond with force.”Any aggression or attempted aggression against the State of Niger will see an immediate and unannounced response from the Niger Defence and Security Forces on one of (the bloc’s) members,” one of the participating



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