Foreign Secretary Engages with West African Leaders Amidst Niger’s Political Crisis

The British Government has announced the suspension of long-term aid to Niger in response to a recent military coup.


The UK also expressed support for regional efforts, led by the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), to reinstate the deposed president of Niger.

Foreign Secretary James Cleverly embarks on a West Africa tour, visiting Nigeria, to discuss the situation and focus on investment in the region.

UK Backs ECOWAS and Suspends Aid to Niger:

Following the military coup in Niger, the British Government took a firm stance by supporting ECOWAS’s immediate political and economic measures.

The 15-nation bloc, on its part, suspended relations with Niger and authorized the use of military force if the deposed president, Mohamed Bazoum, is not reinstated within a week.


As a committed partner to Niger’s democratically elected government, the UK emphasizes the need for President Bazoum’s prompt reinstatement to restore constitutional order.

Consequently, long-term development assistance to Niger is suspended, but the UK will continue providing essential humanitarian aid to the people of Niger during this critical time.

The Coup in Niger and Regional Tensions:

The military coup, which led to the removal of President Bazoum from power, has escalated tensions in the Sahel region.

The area has been grappling with recurring coups and struggles with Islamist terrorism.

Given the importance of regional stability, governments in the Sahel region, including Niger, have partnered with Western countries in their efforts to combat terrorism.


However, the recent coup has raised concerns about the region’s political stability and security.

Foreign Secretary’s West Africa Tour:

In response to the unfolding crisis, Foreign Secretary James Cleverly embarked on a three-nation tour of West Africa.

His itinerary includes a visit to Nigeria, Niger’s southern neighbor and a key member of ECOWAS.

While the tour primarily focuses on investment opportunities in the region, the Niger situation is likely to feature prominently in discussions during Cleverly’s meeting with Nigerian ministers.

The UK-African Investment Summit and Future Prospects:

With the UK-African Investment Summit scheduled to take place in London next April, the British Government is keen on strengthening business ties and fostering economic growth with African nations.


This summit presents an opportunity to further engage with West African countries and explore avenues for collaboration and development.

As the situation in Niger unfolds, the British Government’s commitment to supporting democratic governance and regional stability remains at the forefront of its diplomatic agenda.

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