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wapoo | U.S. threats led to rupture of vital military ties, Nigerien leader says, 14 May
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"The Americans stayed on our soil, doing nothing while the terrorists killed people and burned towns," [PM Ali Mahaman Lamine] Zeine said. "It is not a sign of friendship to come on our soil but let the terrorists attack us. We have seen what the United States will do to defend its allies, because we have seen Ukraine and Israel."
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Zeine said leaders of Niger's new government, known as the National Council for Safeguarding the Homeland, or by its French initials CNSP, were bewildered that the United States had frozen military support while insisting on keeping the troops in the country without justifying their continued presence. The American response in the wake of Niger's coup contrasted sharply with that of other nations, including Russia, Turkey and the United Arab Emirates, he said, which have welcomed the new Nigerien leaders with "open arms."
state.gov | Department Press Briefing - May 14, 2024
QUESTION: The junta's prime minister gave an interview to The Washington Post in which he blamed a visit by Assistant Secretary Phee for the decision to boot out U.S. troops, saying that she made threats about Niger's relationship with Iran and Russia and called it unacceptable. Do you dispute the characterization of this? Do you have any comment on—
PATEL: So I'm not going to get into the specifics of our diplomatic, deliberative conversations, Shaun, but what I can say is that the CNSP was presented with a choice based on mutual interest about whether it wished to continue its security partnership with us, a choice that was rooted in our belief of democratic principles and what was in our national security interest....
He said the Nigerien leaders took particular umbrage at remarks by Molly Phee, the State Department's top official for African affairs, who he said had urged the government during a March visit to Niamey to refrain from engaging with Iran and Russia in ways objectionable to Washington if Niger wanted to continue its security relationship with the United States. He also said Phee had further threatened sanctions if Niger pursued a deal to sell uranium to Iran.
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by Cat on Wed May 15th, 2024 at 04:16:17 PM EST
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defense.gov | Joint Statement From the U.S. Department of Defense and the Department of National Defense of the Republic of Niger, 19 May long air kiss good night
The U.S. Department of Defense and the Ministry of National Defense of Niger and have reached a disengagement agreement to effect the withdrawal of U.S. forces, which has already begun. It is therefore agreed that this disengagement will end no later than September 15, 2024.

Both delegations confirmed the guarantees of protection and security to the American forces during their withdrawal. The delegations also established procedures to facilitate the entry and exit of U.S. personnel, including overflight and landing clearances for military flights.

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The withdrawal of U.S. forces from Niger does not affect the continuation of U.S.-Niger development relations [?]. The United States and Niger are committed to ongoing diplomatic dialogue to define the future of their bilateral relations.
lesahel.org | Meeting of ministers of Foreign Affairs othe Alliance of the States of the Sahel (AES): The common desire to make the AES as the preferred tool of defence, diplomacy, and development, 17 May
...In addition, the ministers have agreed to involve the diaspora through their diplomatic missions to the operationalization of the Confederation AES. They reviewd and finalized the draftof the treaty on the creation of the Confederation of AES, the draft of the final communique, and the draft Rules of Procedure of the College of Heads of State.

The ministers welcomed the support expressed by the 15th session of the Islamic Summit Conference of the Organization of Islamic Co-operation (OIC) of the 04 and 05 May 2024 in Banul (Republic of the Gambia), which has expressed its rejection of any external interference in the internal affairs of the States of the AES.

reuters | US to complete withdrawal from Niger by Sept. 15, 19 May

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A senior U.S. military official, speaking on condition of anonymity, said that about 100 U.S. troops had already been moved out of the country. The United States will remove sensitive equipment it has in Niger, but will leave behind other larger pieces like air conditioning units, generators, and hangars, a separate U.S. defense official said. The United States will let Nigerien forces use that equipment left behind, if it meets legal standards, the official said.

The official added that it did not appear that the Nigerien junta wanted to hand over counter-terrorism operations to Russian troops or those from the Wagner private military company.

by Cat on Sun May 19th, 2024 at 10:34:01 PM EST
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barrons AFP | EU Military Training Mission Leaves Mali After 11 Years, 17 May

The 27-member bloc deployed the European Union Training Mission (EUTM) in 2013 to train and advise the West African country's armed forces in the face of rising jihadism since 2012. The mission had included up to 700 soldiers from some 20 European states, but numbers significantly reduced against a backdrop of diplomatic tensions between Bamako and Western partners.
archive EUCAP, 31 Dec 2023 MONUSCO, MINUSMA exit and termination in Decolonization, Resources and Military Intervention, EU planning new Africa mission
by Cat on Sat May 25th, 2024 at 02:01:15 PM EST
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