Algerian Foreign Minister Ahmed Attaf has embarked on a tour of West Africa, including visits to Nigeria, Benin and Ghana. The objective of this tour is to initiate discussions on the current crisis in Niger and to find ways to adopt a political solution, with the aim of avoiding any escalation of the situation in the region.
This Wednesday, August 23, 2023, the Algerian Foreign Minister, Ahmed Attaf, began a diplomatic tour of crucial importance in West Africa. This series of visits, which includes stops in Nigeria and Ghana, will also take him to Cotonou, the capital of Benin. In the Beninese capital, the head of Algerian diplomacy will meet his Beninese counterpart and should certainly have a one-on-one with President Patrice Talon.
According to an official statement issued by the Algerian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the main objective of this tour is to initiate consultations with the leaders and officials of these ECOWAS member countries. The priority is to address the ongoing crisis in Niger and to discuss the measures to be taken to avoid a possible escalation of the situation, which would have repercussions not only for Niger, but also for the stability of the region as a whole.
The press release also specifies that Algiers is firmly positioned against any military intervention in Niger. The approach favored by Algeria is a negotiated political solution that would take into account the interests and aspirations of all parties concerned. This approach reflects Algeria’s concern for the stability and security of the region, while promoting dialogue and cooperation between nations.
Nigeria, Benin and Ghana are part of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), a regional organization that plays an important role in the management of political and economic affairs in the region. ECOWAS, which has initiated talks with the Nigerien junta in the hope of restoring constitutional order with the return to power of deposed President Mohamed Bazoum, has also activated its military intervention force to act by force, if the option diplomatic was unsuccessful.