Libya & US Discuss Niger’s Security Situation

Libya & US Discuss Niger's Security Situation
Libya & US Discuss Niger's Security Situation

The deteriorating security situation in Niger has become a topic of mutual concern for Libya’s Foreign Minister, Najla Al-Mangoush, and US Foreign Affairs Advisor, Derek Chollet. Both officials highlighted the potential fallout this could have on Libya’s stability, and regional security.

In a statement, Libya’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs reported that during a call, Chollet affirmed that the United States “stands in solidarity with Libya regarding this issue.”

He stated that the US, via the United Nations Security Council, plans to voice a definitive message: “the US unequivocally rejects any attempts to seize power forcibly, and staunchly supports democratic pathways.”

This discourse between Al-Mangoush and Chollet emphasizes the shared apprehension surrounding Niger’s precarious security situation, and the potential spillover effects it could have on Libya and beyond. Their dialogue highlights a unified commitment to fostering democracy, and thwarting forcible power usurpations.

The ongoing collaboration between the US and Libya, underscores their joint dedication to maintaining regional stability, and promoting democratic governance.

Libya and Niger share a porous border and have been dealing with issues related to security, migration, and terrorism for many years. Both countries are situated in a region characterized by political instability, socio-economic challenges, and threats from extremist groups.

Last week, Niger’s state television aired a military statement, announcing the deposing of President Mohamed Bazoum. It was declared that a council has been formed to oversee the country’s governance, and the borders will be sealed until further notice.

The escalating crisis in Niger has placed neighbouring nations on high alert, prompting Libya to reinforce its border security.

Libya has been in a state of ongoing conflict since the fall of its long-time ruler, Muammar Gaddafi in 2011. The country has struggled with instability and political power struggles

Niger, a landlocked country in West Africa, has also had its share of political instability. The country has experienced several coups, since its independence from France in 1960. Niger is one of the world’s poorest countries and faces numerous challenges including the threat of extremist groups, persistent drought, and high levels of poverty.