Mon. Jun 24th, 2024

Nigerien Prime Minister Ali Mahaman Lamine Zine revealed the secrets of his meeting with US Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs Molly Fee during her visit to Niger last March.

During an interview with a US newspaper, Zain said that Assistant Secretary of State Antony Blinken urged the new authorities in Niger during her visit to refrain from dealing with Iran and Russia in ways that are undesirable to Washington if it wants to maintain security relations with the United States.

Zain said Blinken’s assistance had threatened Niger with sanctions if the country went ahead with a deal to sell uranium to Iran.

“When I finished, I said ma’am, I will summarize what I said in two points, firstly, you came here to threaten us in our country and this is unacceptable, and secondly you came here to tell us with whom we can have relationships, which is also unacceptable, and I did it with a condescending tone and disrespect,” Zain said.

In March, Niger decided to withdraw from a military agreement with the United States, following which discussions began on the “orderly withdrawal” of US troops from the West African country.

Chad, like Niger, subsequently requested the withdrawal of U.S. troops from its territory as well.

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