Russian President Putin stresses need for ‘peaceful resolution’ in Niger

2023-08-16 21:47:47
Russian President Putin stresses need for ‘peaceful resolution’ in Niger

Russian President Vladimir Putin and Mali’s military leader Assimi Goita have spoken on the phone about the situation in Niger.

A military takeover on July 26 in the West African nation led to the ouster of President Mohamed Bazoum.

Putin “stressed the importance of a peaceful resolution of the situation for a more stable Sahel,” Goita said on social media platform X, formerly known as Twitter.

The Kremlin said in a statement that the call was initiated by Mali.

“The parties specifically focused on the current situation in the Sahara-Sahel region and emphasised, in particular, the importance of settling the situation in the Republic of Niger solely through peaceful political and diplomatic means,” it said.

Niger has strategic significance for the United States, China, Europe, and Russia due to its uranium and oil resources.

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