The Malian army has announced that a joint official delegation from Mali and Burkina Faso will be dispatched to Niamey, Niger, in a show of solidarity with the country.
The delegation, led by Malian Minister Abdoulaye Maïga, aims to express support for the people of Niger in the aftermath of the military coup that occurred at the end of July.
This gesture comes amid the threat of a potential military intervention by the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) in response to the coup.
The delegation is set to arrive in Niger on Monday, as confirmed by Nigerien Foreign Affairs. The visit occurs shortly after the expiration of the ultimatum given by ECOWAS to the Nigerien soldiers to reinstate the ousted President Mohamed Bazoum. ECOWAS had warned of possible forceful action if the deadline was not met.
In response to the possibility of military intervention, Mali and Burkina Faso, both of which have experienced military takeovers in 2020 and 2022 respectively, issued a joint statement cautioning that such intervention would be considered a “declaration of war.” The situation remains tense as regional countries closely monitor developments in Niger.
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