Niger suspends cooperation with international Francophone body – Times of India

Niger suspends cooperation with international Francophone body - Times of India

Niamey: Niger has suspended all cooperation with the International Organization of Francophone Nations (OIF), its military leaders said, as it gradually cuts ties. Former colonial rulers France.
The 88-member body “has always been used by France as an instrument of defence. French interests“, Niger’s spokesman said The ruling junta Sunday on late national television.
The junta seized power in a coup in July that was strongly condemned by France and other Western allies. He soon expelled French troops who had been helping the West African country fight a decade-old Islamist insurgency.
OIF had already suspended most cooperation with Niger due to the coup, but said it would maintain programs that directly benefit civilians, and support the restoration of democracy. To those
The organization’s stated mission is to promote the French language, support peace and democracy, and encourage education and development in francophone countries around the world, many of which are former French colonies.
“The government of Niger calls upon the African people to clear their minds and promote their national languages ​​in line with the ideals of the founders of Pan-Africanism,” the junta’s statement said.
The junta said in a separate statement on Sunday that it had not yet decided how long it would hold power, but that the length of the transition would be determined after a comprehensive national dialogue. It did not say when the talks would take place.

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