Niger accepts Algeria mediation to resolve political crisis

2023-10-03 10:09:06
Niger accepts Algeria mediation to resolve political crisis

Algeria has received Niger's official notification of President Abdelmadjid Tebboune's acceptance of the mediation initiative, the ministry said in a statement read on national television.

Niger's ruling junta had no immediate comment. Algeria has repeatedly warned against any military response to the crisis in neighboring Niger, where a presidential guard seized power and installed a junta in July, saying it wants a three-year transition process.

Algerian Foreign Minister Ahmed Attaf said at the end of August that Algeria had spoken several times with Niger's military leaders and offered to initiate a normal constitutional order in the country. He said he would offer guarantees to all parties to the crisis and hold a conference on the development of the Sahel region, without further elaboration.

Nigerian President Bola Tinubu said last month that he was working to restore constitutional order and resolve Niger's political and economic problems, and welcomed all support for the process.

Tinubu is also the president of ECOWAS, the main West African bloc that has tried to negotiate with Niger's military junta. ECOWAS has indicated its willingness to send troops if diplomatic efforts to restore order fail.

(Source: Agencies)

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