Niger will host French and European particular forces after their withdrawal from neighboring Mali, President Mohamed Bazoum confirmed on Friday.
“They are going to particularly welcome in Takuba as a result of it has nice benefits for us. They’re particular forces with capabilities responding to the risk posed by terrorist organizations,” Bazoum wrote on Twitter.
The Niger president mentioned the forces would safe the border space of the West African state.
Bazoum met Macron in Paris in Wednesday to debate troop deployments within the Sahel
France to take troopers out of Mali
France and its European allies, in addition to Canada, introduced on Thursday that they have been pulling their troops out of Mali.
Relations between Paris and Bamako have deteriorated since Mali’s army leaders reneged on an settlement to carry elections in February. They as a substitute proposed retaining energy till 2025.
French President Emmanuel Macron mentioned on Thursday the battle would proceed from Niger.
“The center of this army operation will now not be in Mali however in Niger … and maybe in a extra balanced method throughout all of the international locations of the area which need this (assist),” he mentioned.
Mali pullout to take months
Bazoum confirmed the change on Friday, saying that the international forces proceed the battle in opposition to Islamist insurgents.
“This space will probably be much more infested and the terrorist teams will strengthen. We all know that they’re destined to increase their affect,” Bazoum mentioned.
It may take 4 to 6 months till the army withdrawal from Mali is full.
Bazoum hinted that different West-African states may additionally host extra troops for anti-terrorist operations in his social media posts.
Niger already hosts some French, American, German and Italian forces.
lo/dj (Reuters, AFP)