Niger wants Togo to act as guarantor of France’s military disengagement operations

Tuesday, 07 November 2023 16:19
Niger wants Togo to act as guarantor of France’s military disengagement operations

(Togo First) - Niger wants Togo’s President, Faure Gnassingbé, to act as a facilitator between their country and the international community. Togo will stand alongside the United States as guarantor of the military disengagement of French troops in Niger.

A Niger delegation led by the country’s minister of defense, General Salifou Mody, submitted the request to the Togolese leader who recently received them in Lomé.

"In your country's particular situation, Togo understands and wants to help you so that, finally, there can be peace, harmony, and stability (...) Helping Niger, according to President Faure, means helping Ecowas, and it means helping the region, otherwise, the whole region will be shaken," Togo’s Foreign Minister Robert Dussey stressed at a joint press briefing held after the audience.

According to the Togolese diplomacy, with the support of the African Political Alliance (APA), a Transition Support Group (GST-Niger) will be set up to carry out this mediation. The Group will be chaired by the two countries, and supported by the African Political Alliance (APA),.

The Transition Support Group will essentially facilitate dialogue between the transitional government and the international community, and contribute to the provision of support tailored to the country's situation.

France, it should be stressed, started disengaging its troops in Niger at the beginning of October, a process which should be completed before the end of the year.

Esaïe Edoh

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