Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan stated that his country does not view the decision of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) to intervene militarily in Niger as correct.
Erdogan emphasized that military intervention in Niger could contribute to spreading instability in many African countries.
Erdogan said, “After this decision, Mali and Burkina Faso also warned that such a military intervention in Niger would be considered a declaration of war against them.”
He reiterated that his country would continue to stand by the people of Niger, highlighting that a solution to the ongoing crisis in Niger has not yet been reached.
“We are currently focusing on how to play our pivotal role there, and we are working with our foreign ministry towards that. We hope to find a solution to the crisis in Niger.”
“I hope that our friendly and brotherly country Niger will reach a constitutional system and democratic governance as soon as possible,” Erdogan said.
“I hope that peace and stability will be restored in Niger as soon as possible. I believe that the people of Niger will care about democracy and will head to elections as soon as possible, and Turkey will continue to stand by the friendly and brotherly people of Niger,” Erdogan added.
On July 26th, a group of the presidential guard in Niger has carried out a coup against President Bazoum, who has been held at his presidential residence since then.
The junta announced the suspension of the constitution and the formation of a “National Council for the Safeguard of the Homeland,” followed by the establishment of a government comprising both civilians and military personnel.