In light of the recent military coup in Niger, the European Union has taken the decisive measure of promptly suspending all financial aid and collaborative efforts in security matters with the country. This action was confirmed by the EU’s senior diplomat on Saturday.
Various nations, including the European Union, the United States, and other concerned countries, have issued a collective call for the immediate and unconditional release of Bazoum from detention. Additionally, they are urging for the reestablishment of democratic order in the country, emphasizing the importance of preserving the principles of democracy and the rule of law.
EU foreign policy chief Josep Borrell made a decisive statement, announcing the suspension of all cooperation actions related to security, effective immediately and indefinitely. Furthermore, in addition to the halt in budget support, this measure serves as a firm response to the situation at hand.
Niger holds a significant position as a major recipient of Western aid and stands as a crucial partner to the European Union in addressing irregular migration from sub-Saharan Africa.
The EU’s involvement extends to having a small contingent of troops stationed in Niger for a military training mission, reinforcing their commitment to cooperation and stability in the region.