Niger Coup Leader Visits Mali


Sudan Events – Sumaya Sayed

Niger’s military ruler General Abdourahamane Tiani on Thursday arrived in Mali to meet his counterpart Colonel Assimi Goita in his first international visit since seizing power in July, an AFP journalist noted.
Niger’s neighbours, Mali and Burkina Faso — which are ruled by military leaders who seized power in 2020 and 2022, respectively — have pledged solidarity to Niger’s coup leaders.
The three Sahel countries in September signed a pact that includes provisions for mutual defence in the event of an attack on the “sovereignty and territorial integrity” of any of the countries.
They also plan to strengthen economic ties. The three (3) regimes are also united in the fight against jihadism in their countries.
Shortly after taking power, Tiani pledged to return Niger to civilian rule within three years.
Mali, meanwhile, has indefinitely postponed a presidential election that was scheduled for early 2024.

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