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Niger Military Junta Authorises Mali, Burkina Faso Armies To Enter Country To Intervene In Case Of Attack

This is a possible sign the junta in Niger plans to keep resisting regional pressure to stand down, Reuters reports.

Niger has authorised Mali and Burkina Faso’s armed forces to intervene on its territory in case of an attack, the countries said in a joint statement on Thursday.

This is a possible sign the junta in Niger plans to keep resisting regional pressure to stand down, Reuters reports.

Junta leader Abdourahamane Tiani on Thursday signed decrees that allow Malian and Burkinabe troops to enter Nigerien territory to help avert a threat, Mali’s foreign ministry said in a statement.

According to the report, the announcement followed a visit to Niger by Mali’s foreign minister, Abdoulaye Diop, and his counterpart from Burkina Faso, Ragnaghnewende Olivia Rouamba.

The Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) has been trying to negotiate with the coup leaders but warned it is ready to send troops into Niger to restore constitutional order if diplomatic efforts fail.

READ ALSO : Coup: ECOWAS Orders Deployment Of Standby Force Against Niger Junta

Meanwhile, the regional bloc has enacted stiff sanctions against Niger.

Any escalation risks further destabilizing the insurgency-torn region as Niger’s junta-led neighbors, Mali and Burkina Faso, have said they would back Niger in any conflict with ECOWAS.

On Thursday, the three allies’ foreign ministers said they had met in the Nigerien capital Niamey to discuss boosting cooperation on security and other joint issues.

The statement said the ministers welcomed the signing on Thursday by Niger junta leader General Abdourahamane Tiani of two orders “authorizing the Defense and Security Forces of Burkina Faso and Mali to intervene on Nigerien territory in the event of an attack.”

“The Burkinabe and Malian Ministers reiterated their rejection of an armed intervention against the people of Niger which will be considered as a declaration of war,” it said.

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