Niger accepts Algerian mediation to resolve the political crisis

Niger accepts Algerian mediation to resolve the political crisis

The Algerian Foreign Ministry announced in a statement today (Monday) that Niger had accepted the initiative of the country's president, Abdelmadjid Tebboune, to mediate in order to end the political crisis in this country following the military coup that ousted President Mohamed Bazoum on July 26.

The Foreign Ministry statement said that the Algerian government received a correspondence from the Nigerien Ministry of Foreign Affairs stating that it accepted Algerian mediation aimed at developing a political solution to the existing crisis in this country.

The statement confirmed that the Algerian mediation comes within the framework of the political initiative proposed by President Tebboune on August 29 to end the political crisis in Niger.

The statement believed that Niger's acceptance of the Algerian initiative would strengthen the option of a political solution to the crisis in Niger and open the way for providing the necessary conditions that would facilitate ending this crisis by peaceful means, in a way that preserves the interests of Niger and the entire region.

The statement indicated that President Tebboune assigned Foreign Minister Ahmed Attaf to go to the capital of Niger, Niamey, as soon as possible, with the aim of initiating preparatory discussions with all concerned parties on ways to activate the Algerian initiative.

The Algerian President had proposed a political initiative to resolve the crisis in Niger, based mainly on rejecting the coup and refusing to resort to a military solution to end this coup.

The initiative was also based on axes, the most important of which was setting a time period of six months to resolve the crisis politically, involving all parties in Niger in the solution without exclusion, assuming a civil authority led by a consensual figure, and restoring the constitutional order in the country.

Before presenting its initiative, Algeria conducted contacts with various actors inside and outside Niger, and also included the leaders of Nigeria, Benin, and Ghana, and contacts with the American, Italian, and Canadian foreign ministers regarding the priority of a political solution in Niger.