Niger regime leader 'open to explore diplomacy': Mediators

AFP , Sunday 13 Aug 2023

The leader of Niger's military regime is ready to consider a diplomatic solution to its stand-off with West African bloc ECOWAS, the head of a religious delegation of mediators said Sunday.

File Photo - Gen. Abdourahmane Tchiani makes a statement Friday, July 28, 2023, in Niamey, Niger. AP


"General (Abdourahamane) Tiani said their doors were open to explore diplomacy and peace in resolving the matter," said Sheikh Bala Lau, a day after his delegation held talks in Niamey.

The Muslim leaders visited the capital Niamey with the blessing of Nigerian President Bola Tinubu, who is also head of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS).

ECOWAS has approved the deployment of a "standby force to restore constitutional order" in Niger as soon as possible but scrapped a Saturday crisis meeting on the coup that deposed Mohamed Bazoum as president.

Bazoum, 63, was toppled on July 26 by his presidential guard, which has since held him and his family at his official Niamey residence.

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