France has about 1,500 troops in Niger that were stationed there before last month’s coup. (File/AFP)
* Algeria opposes any foreign military action in Niger and favors diplomacy
DUBAI: Algeria has refused a French request to fly over its airspace for a military operation in Niger, state radio said late on Monday, after a July 26 coup in the West African nation that lies south of the Algerian border.
Algeria opposes any foreign military action in Niger and favors diplomacy to restore constitutional order, state radio said. France has about 1,500 troops in Niger that were stationed there before last month’s coup.
It is not clear what military operation Algeria was referring to, but France has not said it would intervene militarily to overturn the military takeover.
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Update #1: Algeria denies passage for French military aircraft to Niger (New Arab)
Update #2: Algeria Refuses French Military Request To Use Airspace To Intervene In Niger — I24 News
WNU Editor: It looks like ECOWAS is backtracking on launching a military offensive on Niger …. African Union issues ambiguous view on possible Niger military intervention (The Guardian). More here …. ‘Nobody Wants to Go to War’ Over Niger Crisis, Ecowas Envoy Says (Bloomberg).