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Niger Republic to Supply Diesel to Neighboring Countries Amid Sanctions Fallout

The Republic of Niger, which has been under sanctions since the military coup in July last year, has set out to address the energy needs of neighbouring countries; Burkina Faso, Mali, Chad, and Togo by supplying them with diesel fuel.

This decision was reached during a meeting convened in Niger’s Presidential palace, Yamai by ministers from the five countries ruled by military juntas.

The ministers formalized an agreement to facilitate the supply of diesel fuel from Niger to Chad, Burkina Faso, and Mali. A subsequent statement issued after the meeting indicates ongoing discussions regarding the provision of diesel fuel to Togo.

Currently, Mali, Burkina Faso, Niger, and Chad are governed by military regimes, with three of them forming an alliance known as the Sahel countries, aimed at fostering closer cooperation and potentially establishing a unified federation.

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While the meeting held on Saturday marks a significant step forward, detailed plans for future initiatives were not disclosed.

The Hausa version of the Radio France Internation (RFI) reports that Niger has been refining 20 thousand barrels of diesel oil per day since 2011, primarily at the Zinder refinery located in the eastern region of the country.

In November of last year, Niger inaugurated a major oil pipeline, designed to transport crude oil from Agadem in the southeast to its neighbour Benin, signalling the country’s expanding role in the regional energy landscape.

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