Togo to Facilitate Access to Humanitarian Aid for the People of Niger

Monday, 18 September 2023 17:20
Togo to Facilitate Access to Humanitarian Aid for the People of Niger

(Togo First) - Togo is ready to help Niger’s people get humanitarian aid. Robert Dussey, the Togolese minister of foreign affairs, said so in a note to the president of the ECOWAS commission on September 15, 2023. The official expressed Togo's readiness to "facilitate the operations of the United Nations humanitarian agencies providing crucial assistance to vulnerable populations amidst the ongoing political and security crisis."

Togo’s support comes in response to a request from UN agencies, specifically the UN’s Under-Secretary-General responsible for humanitarian affairs and emergency relief coordination. The UN official urged the ECOWAS to ease the delivery of humanitarian aid to Niger. This is significant because Togo and other countries in the sub-region have stopped trading with Niger after the coup that overthrew former President Mohamed Bazoum on July 26, 2023.

Lomé's support, however, does not negate the suspension of trade and transit with Niger, which were halted on August 1. Instead, this stance is driven by Togo's recognition of the "best interests of the fraternal Nigerien people and our community," as articulated by Togolese diplomacy in their acceptance letter.

Esaïe Edoh

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