Niger Keeps Border Shut Despite ECOWAS Sanctions Relief

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The Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) recently announced the lifting of coup-linked sanctions imposed on Niger, including border closures.

Meanwhile, despite this positive development, Niger has yet to reopen its border with Benin, as confirmed by local officials.

The decision to lift sanctions, which were imposed following last year’s military coup in Niger, was expected to ease tensions and facilitate the resumption of cross-border trade.

According to reports from the Niger border town of Gaya, there has been no change on the Niger side, with the border remaining closed. Nevertheless, there is some relief as the border on the Benin side has reopened, offering a glimmer of hope for resumed economic activity.

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The lifting of sanctions by ECOWAS extends beyond Niger, encompassing Guinea and Mali, both of which have also experienced political upheaval.

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This decision reflects ECOWAS’s commitment to fostering dialogue and stability within the region, signaling a renewed effort to engage with military regimes among its member states.

However,Despite these positive developments, challenges persist, with the Nigerian military still blocking a bridge on the frontier, hindering the movement of goods and people between Niger and Benin.

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