The Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) continued its efforts over the weekend to find a diplomatic solution after the military coup in its member Niger. At the same time, ECOWAS continued to threaten military intervention. Yesterday, the Parliament of the Economic Community of West African States announced its desire to send a delegation to Niger for talks with the military leadership.
Parliament formed a corresponding committee. He must now ask Nigerian President Bola Tinubu, in his capacity as the current chair of the Economic Community of West African States, for permission to travel to Niger. No more concrete decisions were taken in Parliament’s session on Saturday.
delegation visiting Guinea
A delegation of military rulers in Niger also visited Guinea. Niger’s representatives campaigned in Conakry to “increase support in dealing with the challenges of the future”, Guinean television reported last night.
Accordingly, the Nigerian delegation, headed by General Musa Slao Barmo, met the Head of State of Guinea, Colonel Mamady Doumbuya, in Conakry. Parmo said he had come to thank the Guinean authorities for their support to the now ruling National Council for the Protection of the Fatherland “in these difficult times that Niger is going through”.
France renews its support for action
On the other hand, French Defense Minister Sebastien Licorne reiterated France’s support for ECOWAS’ actions against the coup plotters. In an interview with the regional newspaper Far Matin, the minister said that there is full support from France for the recent ECOWAS decisions. When asked if he feared armed action in Niger, Licorno replied, “No.”
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