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Niamey rejects an American delegation.

By b0oua Mar 18, 2024

An examination When the American delegation arrived at the presidential palace, they discovered that the door was closed. The mission was led by the Undersecretary of State responsible for Africa. As a result of the new strongman of Niger’s refusal to accept it, the delegation was compelled to depart on the evening of Thursday, March 14, with no assurances on the future of the American military presence in this country.

This behavior is referred to as a snub in diplomatic parlance. This is the punishment that Niamey has recently inflicted upon the high-level American delegation that was led by Molly Phee, who is the Under Secretary of State for Africa. By the time the American official arrived on Tuesday, March 12, he was accompanied by General Michael Langley, who is the head of the American military command for Africa (Africom), and Celeste Wallander, who is the Assistant Secretary of Defense for International Security Affairs.

According to the United States Department of State, the purpose of this visit was to “continue the discussions initiated since August” with the military that is currently in charge in Niger. The discussions were about “a return to the path of democracy and the future of our partnership in security and development.

According to Colonel Amadou Abdramane, the ruling military spokesman, Niger has terminated its military cooperation with the United States “with immediate effect.” This decision comes as a blow to the United States’ security interests in the region.

The accord made it possible for members of the United States military and civilian defense personnel to conduct operations from Niger, which is a significant location for the United States military’s operations in the Sahel region of Africa and is also home to a significant airbase.

The decision was made public on Saturday, following a visit to the West African nation earlier this week by senior officials from the United States, led by Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs Molly Phee and US Africa Command head General Michael Langley, with the purpose of discussing the transition to democratic rule.

Abdramane stated that the United States delegation did not adhere to diplomatic protocol, and that Niger was not told about the composition of the group, the date of its arrival, or the agenda. He made these statements while speaking on the television station available in the country.

The statement made by Abdramane was as follows: “Niger regrets the intention of the American delegation to deny the sovereign Nigerien people the right to choose their partners and types of partnerships that are capable of truly helping them fight against terrorism.”

The White House reported to Congress that there were around 650 members of the United States military stationed in Niger during the month of December. A significant airbase is operated by the United States military near the city of Agadez, which is located approximately 920 kilometers (572 miles) away from Niamey, the capital of Niger. This airport is utilized for human and unmanned surveillance flights, as well as other activities.

At a cost of more than one hundred million dollars, a drone facility known as Air facility 201 was constructed close to Agadez. The base has been utilized to target members of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) as well as Jama’at Nusrat al-Islam wal Muslimeen (JNIM), an al-Qaeda offshoot, in the Sahel region since the year 2018.

“A devastating blow to the United States”

Shihab Rattansi, a correspondent for Al Jazeera, stated that the move is “a huge blow to the United States” while reporting from Washington, District of Columbia.

“The United States of America’s operations in west and north Africa are centered in Niger, particularly at its Air Base 201, which is the most expensive building project that the United States governments have ever undertaken. To be sure, it is there for activities related to the war on terror; nevertheless, it is also there for the purpose of projecting tremendous force against countries such as Russia and China.

In October of last year, the United States government formally referred to the military takeover as a coup. According to Phee, the senior United States envoy for Africa, the United States is willing to resume aid and security links with Niger provided certain conditions are met. This statement was made in December.

According to the military, the group had made allegations that Niger was involved in “secret” dealings with Russia and Iran. The government of Niger has denied these allegations. It was also reported by officials that the United States had “threatened” to take action against Niger in the event that Niamey did not terminate connections with both countries.

The military administration “vehemently denounces the condescending attitude accompanied by the threat of retaliation from the head of the American delegation towards the Nigerien government and people,” said Abdramane, who was the spokesperson for the government.

In an interview with the Reuters news agency, a United States official stated that the officials had “frank discussions” in Niamey earlier this week regarding the trajectory of Niger’s ruling military council, which is known by its French initials CNSP. The official spoke on the condition of anonymity before the news agency.

As an additional point of clarification, the official stated, “We are in contact with the CNSP and will provide further updates as warranted.”

Beginning in July 2023, when an elite guard unit led by General Abdourahamane Tchiani detained President Mohamed Bazoum and declared Tchiani to be the ruler of Niger, the country has been governed by the military.

In the same way that the military rulers of neighboring Mali and Burkina Faso have eliminated French and other European forces, Niger has also done the same thing. In order to receive assistance, Mali and Burkina Faso have both reached out to Russia.

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