Burkinabé and Malian Prime Ministers’ Diplomatic Visit to Niamey Under the Sahel States Alliance

Soukaina Sghir
Soukaina Sghir
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The Prime Ministers of Burkina Faso and Mali embarked on a three-day diplomatic visit to Niamey, Niger, strengthening ties among the Sahel States. Choguel Maïga and Apollinaire Kyèlem de Tambela’s visit to Niger comes as part of the collaborative efforts within the Sahel States Alliance, initiated following the military coup on July 26 in Niger.

Upon their arrival at Niamey’s airport in the late afternoon, the Prime Ministers were welcomed by Ali Mahamane Lamine Zeine. Their initial discussions took place in the official lounge, setting the tone for a series of high-level meetings during their stay. According to the itinerary, on Saturday, December 30, they are scheduled to meet with General Abdourahamane Tiani, the head of the National Council for the Safeguard of the Nation (CNSP).

The visit also included a symbolic gathering at Niamey’s Escadrille roundabout, organized by the Patriotic Front for Sovereignty. The event featured concerts and performances, attracting a crowd eager to celebrate the recent withdrawal of French military personnel from Niger, marking the end of sit-ins that began in early September to demand their departure.

Amidst the cheering crowd adorned with flags of Niger, Burkina Faso, Mali, and Russia, as well as banners emblazoned with AES (Alliance des États du Sahel), the three representatives ascended a podium to acknowledge the crowd without delivering speeches before departing.

The diplomatic visit signifies a collaborative regional approach, with leaders from Burkina Faso, Mali, and Niger demonstrating solidarity under the Sahel States Alliance, navigating the complexities of governance following recent political transitions in the region. As the alliance strengthens, it remains a focal point for regional stability and cooperation.

Soukaina Sghir

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