The military junta in the Niger Republic has formed a military partnership with Burkina Faso and Mali.
This comes after the junta successfully overthrew President Mohammed Bazoum’s government in a military coup on July 26.
The alliance was announced in a joint statement by the foreign ministers of the three countries in Niger’s capital, Niamey.
The agreement allows Mali and Burkina Faso to offer military assistance to Niger in the event of an invasion by the Economic Communities of West African States.
Additionally, the three countries will collaborate to combat terrorist groups within their borders and protect their shared borders.
Recall that the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) launched a standby force and threatened military action if the junta didn’t reinstall the democratically elected Bazoum and restore constitutional order following the July coup in Niger.
ECOWAS and the Nigerien junta held talks the preceding weekend.
ECOWAS has repeatedly said it would not hesitate to go the military action route if negotiations and dialogue didn’t yield any positive result.
Last week, the junta announced three years transition period to civilian rule. This was however rejected by ECOWAS who wanted a swift return to democracy in the poor West Africa nation.