Italy has provided guidance to the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) on what to do now that the deadline for the military junta in the Republic of Niger to restore ousted President Mohamed Bazoum has passed.
Antonio Tajani, the foreign minister of Italy, stated in a brief media interview on Monday that the deadline set for the military junta needs to be extended.
He also hoped that the ECOWAS would pursue diplomatic solutions to the problems rather than resorting to military force.
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“The only way is the diplomatic one. I hope that the ultimatum of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), which expired last night at midnight, will be extended today,” Tajani reportedly said.
In response to the alleged threat of military involvement from the West African regional bloc, Anaedoonline.ng had claimed that Niger blocked its airspace on Sunday till further notice.
After coup leaders ignored a deadline to reinstate Mohammed Bazoum, the nation’s overthrown president who is currently being held captive, the threat was made public.
Earlier, hundreds of junta supporters came to a stadium in the nation’s capital, Niamey, to applaud the group’s resolve to defy pressure to resign by Sunday following the coup on July 26.
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