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nordicmonitor | Turkey sees opportunities in collaborating with Niger's coup leaders, 14 Aug
... The most significant sign of Turkey's implicit support for Niger's military junta came directly from Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, who made remarks after Friday prayer on August 4. Erdogan stated, "We are striving to sustain our positive relations with them," praising the decision of the military rulers to cease uranium and gold exports to France.

Criticizing France for what he characterized as the oppression of African people over the years, Erdogan said Niger's halting of exports was a response to the oppressive practices carried out by France. These practices, he noted, were not limited to Niger but also extended to Algeria, Rwanda and Mali.
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The second sign regarding Turkey's perspective on developments in Niger emerged through a statement released by the National Security Council (Milli Güvenlik Kurulu, MGK).

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  1. THE LATEST DEVELOPMENTS OCCURED IN AFRICA AND WHICH MAY EXPAND TO THE CONTINENT WAS EVALUATED; IT IS EXPRESSED THAT THE MOST SUITABLE SOLUTIONS TO THE CONTINENT'S PROBLEMS CAN ONLY BE FOUND BY THE OWNERS OF THE CONTINENT.

  2. PROVISIONS FOR THE PREVENTION OF OBJECTIVE ACTIONS THAT HURT APPROXIMATELY TWO BILLION MUSLIMS BY TARGETING THE ISLAMIC RELIGION AND THAT ARE ALSO QUALIFIED AS HATE CRIME BY THE UNITED NATIONS; REACHING TOGETHER TO CHANGE THEIR ATTITUDES AND AGAINST ATTACKS AGAINST SACRED VALUES, COMING TOGETHER THE DESTROYING EFFECTS THAT THE SEEDS OF HATE INSTALLED WITH THE GUARANTEE OF EXPRESSION CAN REACH.

  3. THE EFFECTS OF CLIMATE CHANGE, TAKING A GLOBAL CRISIS, WHICH CAN TRICK MANY PROBLEMS, FROM IRGANIZED MIGRATIONS TO SOCIAL DECREASE, INTERNAL CONFLICT; IT HAS BEEN STATED THAT COOPERATION CAN RESOLVE THIS HUMANITY'S JOINT ISSUE ONLY BY THE FAIR AND HONORABLE STRENGTH OF THE INTERNATIONAL SOCIETY.
This body, often referred to as the shadow government in Turkey, plays a central role in shaping foreign and security policy. The statement was crafted during a session led by President Erdogan and attended by leaders from the military, intelligence and government.

The statement that followed the meeting not only refrained from condemning or criticizing the coup but also subtly suggested disapproval of Western nations and the anti-coup stance taken by regional African countries. The statement conveyed that "the resolution of the continent's issues is best sought by those who belong to the continent."

The MGK statement also notably refrained from characterizing the military takeover as a coup, in contrast to the Turkish Foreign Ministry's statement issued on July 27, which did use the term "coup" but stopped short of explicitly condemning or criticizing the coup leaders....

middleeasteye | Niger coup: Turkey's Erdogan opposes Ecowas military intervention, 21 Aug
...Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has said he opposes a military intervention in Niger against coup leaders, warning that it could lead to instability in the region.

The foreign military action, which is being considered by the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), would not be "right", Erdogan told journalists who travelled with him to Hungary on Sunday....

apanews | Niger crisis: Turkey's Erdogan rejects Ecowas-led military option
...In an interview with certain media on Monday, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan rejected the military option being propounded by the regional organisation.

"I don't think the decision of the Economic Community of West African States to intervene militarily in Niger is fair. Following this decision, Mali and Burkina Faso also warned that such a military intervention in Niger would be tantamount to a war against them. A military intervention in Niger would mean that instability would spread across many African countries," he declared.

Niamey is one of Ankara's privileged partners in the Sahel. When he took office, deposed President Mohammed Bazoum set himself the goal of restoring security to his country, which was plagued by a jihadist insurgency. To that end, he purchased TB2 drones from the Turkish company BAYKAR....

apanews | L'Union africaine suspend le Niger de toutes ses instances, 22 Aug
by Cat on Tue Aug 22nd, 2023 at 04:13:09 PM EST

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