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Military government in Mali: USA wants to withdraw troops from Niger

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Military government in Mali: USA wants to withdraw troops from Niger

According to government officials, the United States has agreed to withdraw its more than 1,000 soldiers from the Niger to deduct. US Deputy Secretary of State Kurt Campbell accepted the request to withdraw troops at a meeting in Washington with Nigerien Prime Minister Ali Mahaman Lamine Zeine, US government officials told the AFP news agency on Friday. It was agreed that a US delegation would travel to the capital Niamey in the next few days to organize an orderly withdrawal. Nigerien state television had previously reported that the US delegation would arrive next week.

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On July 26, the military overthrew the democratically elected President Mohamed Bazoum in Niger, took power in the country and increasingly turned to Russia. Russia had sent the country an air defense system and 100 military trainers. The last French soldiers left the country in December at the request of the new rulers.

Diplomatic and economic relations remain

Despite the US troop withdrawal, diplomatic and economic relations between the US and Niger should remain in place. The US military operates two bases there, including one for drones that was built at a cost of more than $100 million. Since 2018, the base has been used to combat the Islamic State and an affiliate of Al-Qaeda.

Niger has been an important security partner of the United States and France. Last year, Niger’s army seized power in a coup. The new rulers in Niger joined the junta in the neighboring countries of Mali and Burkina Faso. They ended military agreements with former Western allies such as the USA and the former colonial power France, left the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) and sought closer relations with Russia.

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According to government officials, the United States has agreed to withdraw its more than 1,000 soldiers from the Niger to deduct. US Deputy Secretary of State Kurt Campbell accepted the request to withdraw troops at a meeting in Washington with Nigerien Prime Minister Ali Mahaman Lamine Zeine, US government officials told the AFP news agency on Friday. It was agreed that a US delegation would travel to the capital Niamey in the next few days to organize an orderly withdrawal. Nigerien state television had previously reported that the US delegation would arrive next week.

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