The West African country of Niger continues to take precautions against a possible the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) intervention. The signing of the agreement authorizing Burkina Faso and Mali to intervene on Niger's territory in the event of attacks on its security forces was welcomed, said Oumarou Ibrahim Sidi, Deputy Secretary-General of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Niger, in a statement read on state television.
Mali's Foreign Minister Abdoulaye Diop and Burkina Faso's Foreign Minister Olivia Rouamba visited Niamey yesterday and met with General Abdurrahmane Tchiani, leader of the National Council for the Safeguard of the Homeland (CNSP), transitional government. Burkina Faso and Mali had previously issued a joint statement expressing their support for Niger against the military operation planned by ECOWAS to change the course of the coup in Niger.
In the declaration, the two countries with military administrations warned that any military intervention against Niger would be like waging war against Burkina Faso and Mali. The two countries had sent "Super Tucano" type fighter jets to Niger against the possibility of military intervention.
In Niger, President Mohamed Bazoum was detained by elements of the Presidential Guard Regiment on July 26, and the military announced its seizure of power that evening.
On July 28, General Abdourrahmane (Omar) Tchiani, the commander of the Presidential Guard Regiment, assumed leadership of the junta, the National Council for the Safeguard of the Homeland (CNSP), and became the head of the transitional government.
Source: Anadolu Agency