Nigers junta said in response that the announcement signals a new step towards the sovereignty of the country. Imperialist and neo-colonialist forces are no longer welcome on our national territory. The new era of cooperation, based on mutual respect and sovereignty is already underway, it said in a statement. France has maintained some 1,500 troops in Niger since the July coup and had repeatedly refused an order by the new junta for its ambassador to leave, saying that France did not recognise the coup leaders as legitimate. The military cooperation between France and Niger had been suspended since the coup. The junta leaders claimed that Bazoum’s government wasn’t doing enough to protect the country from the insurgency.The junta in August gave French Ambassador Sylvain Itte 48 hours to leave. After the deadline expired without France recalling him, the coup leaders then revoked his diplomatic immunity. The junta is now under sanctions by Western and regional African powers.In New York on Friday, the military government that seized power in Niger accused UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres of ‘obstructing’ the West African nation’s full participation at the UN’s annual meeting of world leaders in order to appease France and its allies. The post Niger Junta responds to President Macron announcing France will end its military presence in Niger and will pull its ambassador outofthecountry appeared first on Linda Ikeji Blog.