Algeria and Egypt have both stood against the idea of military intervention in the Niger Republic, emphasizing that a peaceful dialogue remains the most suitable solution for the ongoing political crisis in the country.
After the recent coup that removed President Mohamed Bazoum from power, West African leaders warned of possible military intervention if the coup leaders, led by General Abdourahmane Tchiani, did not restore democracy and the ousted president to office.
Opposition to the military option has also emerged from prominent individuals and groups in Nigeria, including religious and community organizations, due to concerns about the potential regional implications and repercussions.
Algeria’s President, Abdelmadjid Tebboune, has sent his Foreign Minister, Ahmed Attaf, on a diplomatic tour to Nigeria, Benin Republic, and Ghana to promote dialogue as the preferred approach to the crisis, rather than military intervention. Algeria shares a significant border with Niger and has expressed concerns about any military action affecting its security.
Egypt has also emphasized the need for dialogue, highlighting that a military approach could destabilize not only Niger but also the West African sub-region.
Additionally, over 7,000 migrants have been left stranded in Niger due to border closures resulting from the coup. This situation has raised humanitarian concerns, as migrants are unable to leave, and aid organizations are unable to provide necessary supplies.
The United Nations, European Union, and various countries, including the United Kingdom, have also expressed their concerns and support for a peaceful resolution to the crisis in Niger.