Niger military officials express support for French army’s withdrawal
Niger’s military leaders have expressed their satisfaction with the news of the French army’s withdrawal from the country, considering it as a positive move towards achieving sovereignty. This statement was made shortly after French President Emmanuel Macron’s announcement that France will soon recall its ambassador from Niger, followed by the gradual removal of its military troops in the upcoming months.
In a message delivered on national television, the military rulers, who took control of the nation in late July after overthrowing President Mohamed Bazoum, declared, “Today marks a significant milestone in Niger’s journey towards complete sovereignty. By the end of this year, both the French troops and the French ambassador will depart from Nigerien soil.” They emphasized the historical significance of this moment, highlighting the determination and willpower of the Nigerien people.
Notably, prior to Macron’s declaration, the African body responsible for aviation safety (ASECNA) released a statement proclaiming that Niger’s military rulers had prohibited “French aircraft” from traversing the country’s airspace.