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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.

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

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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