Sat. Jul 20th, 2024

A number of U.S. officials confirmed on Friday that the United States had agreed to withdraw more than a thousand troops from Niger.

This came during a meeting in Washington between US Deputy Secretary of State Kurt Campbell and Nigerien Prime Minister Ali Lamine Zein, who took power after the coup last July.

The agreement between them stipulates that a U.S. delegation will be sent to the capital Niamey in the coming days to agree on the details of the withdrawal.

The United States suspended most of its cooperation with Niger, including military cooperation, after the coup that ousted elected President Mohamed Bazoum on July 26, and has a large base for marches in Agadez in the north of the country.

In March, Niger’s ruling junta decided to cancel the military cooperation agreement with the United States, saying Washington had “imposed it unilaterally,” and thousands demonstrated last Saturday in Niamey to demand the immediate departure of U.S. troops.

After the expulsion of French troops from the country, Niger’s military government agreed to strengthen defense cooperation with Russia as part of the fight against jihadists in the Sahel region.

 

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