Niger coup leader visits Mali in first foreign trip
Niger's military ruler General Abdourahamane
Tiani on Thursday arrived in Mali to meet his counterpart Colonel Assimi Goita
in his first international visit since seizing power in July, an AFP journalist
Niger's neighbors, Mali and Burkina Faso —
which are ruled by military leaders who seized power in 2020 and 2022,
respectively — have pledged solidarity to Niger's coup leaders.
The three Sahel countries in September signed
a pact that includes provisions for mutual defense in the event of an attack on
the "sovereignty and territorial integrity" of any of the countries.
The regimes are also united in the fight
against jihadism in their countries.
Tiani is due to stay a few hours in Mali's
capital Bamako and meet Goita for a "friendship and working" visit,
the Malian presidency said.
Shortly after taking power, Tiani pledged to
return Niger to civilian rule within three years.
Mali, meanwhile, has indefinitely postponed a
presidential election that was scheduled for early 2024.
Mali plans to host ministers from the three
countries for several meetings in the coming weeks with the aim of ironing out
the operational details of the new Sahel alliance, it said in a statement
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