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Transform the Sahel Region from a “Zone of Insecurity” to a “Zone of Prosperity,”

The head of the military regime in Niger, General Abdourahamane Tiani, met with his counterpart leading the military junta in Mali, Assimi Goïta, in his first international visit since the coup in Niamey. Mr. Tiani expressed gratitude to Mali for “the support and determination of the authorities and the Malian people to stand alongside the authorities and the people of Niger, regardless of the obstacles,” during a press statement before leaving Mali for Burkina Faso. Mali and Burkina Faso, both led by military leaders who came to power through coups in 2020 and 2022, quickly showed solidarity with the generals in Niamey after their takeover in late July. Together, they established the “Alliance des Etats du Sahel” (AES), which includes mutual assistance in case of threats to the sovereignty and territorial integrity of the three states and strengthened economic ties.