Senegal, Cote d'Ivoire Not Sending Troops for Intervention in Niger, Media Says
© AP Photo / Richard Eshun NanareshChief of Defence Staff of various ECOWAS countries leave Burma Camp at the end of a two-day Extraordinary Meeting in Accra, Ghana, Friday, Aug. 18, 2023.
© AP Photo / Richard Eshun Nanaresh
MOSCOW (Sputnik) - On September 11, Colonel Abdramane, a spokesman for the Nigerien military, who came to power in late July, said that French military cargo planes "have enabled large quantities of war material and equipment to be unloaded in Senegal, Cote d'Ivoire and Benin," as part of preparations for an intervention in the coup-hit state.
Senegal and Cote d'Ivoire have not sent troops to Benin for possible participation in an intervention in Niger, French media reported on Saturday, citing sources.
Both countries have only conducted reconnaissance missions in Benin, which had reportedly authorized the deployment of troops on its territory for possible military intervention by the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), the media reported.
The military in Benin are still waiting for orders from the politicians, the report read.
On September 13, Niger's military leaders announced it would end a military pact with Benin, accusing the neighboring country of authorizing the deployment of troops on its territory for possible military intervention by ECOWAS.
A coup took place in Niger on July 26. President Mohamed Bazoum was ousted and detained by his own guard, led by Gen. Abdourahmane Tchiani. Following the coup, ECOWAS suspended all cooperation with Niger and threatened military intervention if the rebels don't reinstate Bazoum.