Paris, France – France-based ‘Africa Intelligence’ site announced the signing of a major security cooperation agreement between Turkey and Niger. The Turkish presence in Niger, which France regards as its backyard and a source of uranium, was considered a clear message to France and Egypt, while also important to Libya.
French media have suggested that Turkey and Niger have struck a wide-ranging security cooperation agreement. The news site wrote that Niger, a former colony under the influence of France, had agreed with Turkey for a military training base.
Turkey’s Ambassador to Niger, Mustafa Türker Ari, recently met with Niger President Mahamadou Issoufou, Africa Intelligence reported.
This step in Niger, which France regards as its backyard, has given Turkey clear messages to France and Egypt, the French broadcaster said.
It is also considered important to the fight in Libya if any military base is established in Niger, where France is conducting colonialist activities.
Surprise visit from Cavusoglu – foreign minister Mevlut Cavusoglu, who made a surprise visit to Niger last month, signed important agreements with his Nigerian counterpart. During his visit, Cavusoglu signed an aid protocol, a military training cooperation agreement, and cooperation agreements in the field of youth and sports with his Nigerian counterpart.
Meanwhile, Turkey, along with energy and Natural Resources Minister Fatih Dönmez, signed a mineral exploration agreement with Niger in January.
Niger is France’s most important source of uranium.
France supplies uranium used in nuclear energy to a large extent from that country.
The French company Areva plays an important role in the mining sector in Niger.
Areva derives most of its uranium from mines in Arlit and Imouraren.
French troops are providing security for the uranium mines in Niger.
French news agency AFP had earlier announced that dozens of French Special Forces officers were present at the mine site.
Niger ranks fifth in world uranium production.
French President Emmanuel Macron’s statement that he would send 220 more troops to the Sahel countries (Eritrea, Chad, Sudan, Mauritania, Nigeria, Niger, Senegal, Burkina Faso, Mali), where there are about 5 thousand French troops, was interpreted as France began to return to the former colonial countries.