France to Withdraw Military Presence from Niger Following Coup

President Emmanuel Macron has declared France’s intention to terminate its military presence in Niger and recall its ambassador from the country. This decision comes in the wake of a coup that ousted Niger’s democratically elected president, as reported by Paris-based AP news.

In response to President Macron’s announcement, Niger’s junta issued a statement, interpreting the move as a significant stride towards the nation’s sovereignty. The statement expressed the junta’s perspective: “Imperialist and neo-colonialist forces are no longer welcome on our national territory. The new era of cooperation, based on mutual respect and sovereignty, is already underway.”

President Macron’s office clarified that the withdrawal of the French military contingent from Niger is expected to be finalized by the end of 2023. This decision marks a significant shift in France’s foreign policy toward its former colony, reflecting changing dynamics in the region.

The coup that led to the removal of Niger’s democratically elected president has raised concerns and questions about the future of the nation’s governance. As France prepares to withdraw its military presence, international observers will be closely monitoring the evolving situation in Niger and its implications for regional stability.

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