Libyan concerns around Niger crisis increase

Aug 9, 2023 | International actors

On 9 August, Presidential Council (PC) Deputy Mousa al-Koni received a Tebu delegation in Tripoli to discuss the situation of the Tebu and the general situation in the South, especially in light of the developments in Niger. Koni also spoke on the phone with Chadian President Mohamed Deby about the situation in Niger ahead of the 10 August Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) summit on Niger – ECOWAS is a regional political and economic union of fifteen countries located in West Africa. The two agreed to continue bilateral communication and to take immediate steps to initiate mediation by Niger’s neighbours outside ECOWAS (Chad, Libya, and Algeria) without delay.

Also on 9 August, Prime Minister Abdul Hameed Dabaiba stated in a meeting with the Ambassador of Niger that he was fully committed to the decisions of ECOWAS and the position of the African Union.

The following day, United Nations Special Envoy Abdoulaye Bathily and PC Chair Muhammed al-Menfi discussed the worsening situation in Niger and its implications for Libya. Late in the afternoon, Koni arrived in N’Djamena to participate in Chad’s National Day celebrations the following day. Later that same evening, Koni held talks with Deby on the situation in Niger after the ECOWAS summit. Both agreed that everything possible must be done to prevent armed conflict in Niger.

Days later on 13 August, Libyan National Army (LNA) Spokesperson Ahmed al-Mismari expressed the LNA’s concerns about the developments in Niger and Sudan and their potentially grave implications on Libya.