Niger’s Coup Leader Visits Mali Counterpart In First Foreign Trip

Niger’s military ruler General Abdourahamane Tiani

General Abdourahamane Tiani, the military ruler of Niger, arrived in Mali on Thursday to see his colleague Colonel Assimi Goita in his first international visit since seizing power in July, according to an AFP correspondent.

Mali and Burkina Faso, both of which are headed by military authorities who took power in 2020 and 2022, respectively, have expressed solidarity with Niger’s coup leaders.

The three Sahel countries inked a pact in September that contains measures for mutual defense if any of the countries’ “sovereignty and territorial integrity” is violated.

They also plan to strengthen economic ties.

The regimes are also united in the fight against jihadism in their countries.

Tiani will spend a few hours in Mali’s capital Bamako, where he will meet Goita for a “friendship and working” visit, according to the Malian president.

Tiani promised to return Niger to civilian government within three years of seizing office.

Meanwhile, Mali has postponed a presidential election set for early 2024 indefinitely.

Mali said in a statement Thursday that it planned to host ministers from the three nations for multiple sessions in the coming weeks to hammer out the operational elements of the new Sahel alliance.

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