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Top EU diplomat voices solidarity with 'hostage' French envoy in Niger | France24 |

EU foreign policy chief Josep Borrell held a press briefing after the bloc's foreign ministers met on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly in New York.

Borrell expressed the bloc's "full solidarity" with Mohamed Bazoum, the elected president who has been detained by the military, praising his "courage and determination."

Borrell said that the Europeans also agreed on the need to "reassess" their strategy in the Sahel, where France in particular has led years of efforts aimed at defeating jihadists.

"We need a new approach as we are facing a much more complex environment," he said. "We insisted on the idea that we need African solutions for African problems."

Over the past decade, the European Union has spent 600 million euros in civilian and military missions in the Sahel, training 30,000 personnel of security forces and 18,000 troops in Mali and Niger, Borrell recently told the European Parliament.

Nonetheless, military leaders have taken over in both countries and in neighboring Burkina Faso.

'Sapere aude'
by Oui (Oui) on Tue Sep 19th, 2023 at 11:57:15 AM EST
Niger bans French aircraft from its airspace | Franse24 |

Niger's military rulers have banned "French aircraft" from flying over the country's airspace, according to the Agency for the Safety of Air Navigation in Africa and Madagascar (ASECNA) website.

BREAKING NEWS: French President Emmanuel Macron said France will end its military presence in Niger

... and pull its ambassador out of the country after its democratically elected president was deposed in a coup.

'Sapere aude'

by Oui (Oui) on Sun Sep 24th, 2023 at 07:09:30 PM EST
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