Niger junta cuts diplomatic ties with Nigeria, France, US

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The military junta in Niger Republic has cut off ties with Nigeria, Togo, France and the United States.

This comes after the efforts of Economic Community of West Africa States (ECOWAS) to resolve the ongoing impasse failed.

Earlier this week, ECOWAS issued a seven-day ultimatum for the reinstatement of President Mohamed Bazoum to avoid possible clash with the junta. Bola Tinubu later sent a high-powered delegation to the country to meet with the coup leaders.

However, Daily Trust reports that the delegation led by General Abdulsalami Abubakar (rtd) only met with representatives of the junta.

But in a broadcast on Friday, Niger severed ties with Nigeria, Togo, France, its coloniser, and the United States.

The junta in the broadcast said: “The functions of the extraordinary and plenipotentiary ambassadors of the Republic of Niger” to France, Nigeria, Togo and the United States are terminated”