Leaders of the military junta in Niger Republic are ready to explore diplomatic means to end the West African country’s political impasse.
The announcement came after General Abdourahmane Tchiani met and spoke to Nigerian islamic clerics which was led by Bala Lau, the national leader of Jamatul izalatu bida waikamatu sunnah.
According to reports, leader of the military junta, who ousted President Mohammed Bazoum, expressed concern that ECOWAS issued ultimatums without hearing their sides of the story.
And while echoing the Nigerian delegates, Niger’s Prime Minister Ali Zeine, stated that Tchiani was ready for a discussion and expressed the hope that the talks with ECOWAS would take place soon.
He also hopes going into the meeting, the series of sanctions that was imposed on the country by ECOWAS member states would be lifted.
“We have agreed and the leader of our country has given the green light for dialogue,” Zeine said. “They will now go back and inform the Nigerian President what they have heard from us. We hope in the coming days, they (ECOWAS) will come here to meet us to discuss how the sanctions imposed against us will be lifted.”