By Riches Soberekon
In a bid to resolve the ongoing crisis in Niger, Algeria has taken significant diplomatic steps by sending its Foreign Minister, Ahmed Attaf, on a tour of Nigeria, Benin, and Ghana.
The Algerian government, led by President Abdelmadjid Tebboune, says it is determined to find a political solution and prevent any external military intervention.
With a shared border of nearly 1,000 km, Algeria has a vested interest in addressing the crisis in Niger. President Tebboune has emphasized the importance of avoiding military interventions, citing the consequences witnessed in other conflict-ridden regions like Libya and Syria. The Algerian government aims to prevent further escalation and safeguard the stability of the entire region.
In response to the crisis, the African Union’s Peace and Security Council has suspended Niger’s participation in AU activities until constitutional order is restored. This move underscores the urgency and gravity of the situation at hand.
Algeria, known for its mediation efforts in previous conflicts, is actively engaging with the foreign ministers of Nigeria, Benin, and Ghana, who are members of the Economic Community of West African States (Ecowas). The collaborative approach seeks to find a political resolution and prevent the crisis from spreading to neighboring countries.
President Tebboune has expressed his commitment to preventing the opening of another front on Algeria’s borders. Algeria’s history of conflict mediation and its geographical proximity to Niger make it a crucial player in resolving the crisis.
The international community recognizes the significance of a united effort to find a peaceful resolution. Algeria’s proactive approach demonstrates its dedication to assisting in the resolution of the crisis and ensuring the well-being of the people of Niger.
As the situation continues to unfold, the international community closely monitors the developments and supports the efforts to restore stability in Niger.