Wednesday, October 4

The closure of the airspace in Niger has led to India requesting that citizens leave the violence along the road.

The foreign ministry of Niger has confirmed that it is keeping a close eye on the situation.

In response to the military coup that occurred last month, officials have urged Indians living in Niger to evacuate the West African nation.

According to official statistics, roughly 250 Indians are currently residing in Niger, where the coup has caused widespread protests and violence. Additionally, several European nations have evacuated their citizens from the unstable nation under the leadership of a military junta.

The foreign ministry has issued an advisory advising travelers to reconsider their plans for travel to Niger until the situation becomes normal.

According to Arindam Bagchi, the foreign ministry spokesperson, Niger’s developments are being closely monitored by the government.

“In light of the current situation, Indian nationals whose entry is not necessary are advised to depart from the country as soon as possible,” he said on Friday.

Mr Bagchi stated that the airspace is inaccessible and that one should exercise caution when leaving the land border, advising all Indians in Niger to register with the embassy.

He stated that the embassy in Niger’s capital is keeping in touch with the Indians living there and supporting them to leave the country. He also provided an emergency contact number for assistance at (+227 9975 9976) within the embassies.

“We have been informed that the Indians residing there are safe,” Mr Bagchi stated.

What’s the current state of affairs in Niger?

On July 26, General Abdourahmane Tchiani took control of Niger and caused violence when he overthrew and detained President Mohamed Bazoum, a key western partner in the fight against Islamist militant activity in West Africa.

Armed army generals supported the head of the Presidential Guard, who then announced on television that he was the “president of their National Council for the Safeguard of The Homeland.”

The military takeover has been denounced by the United Nations, European Union, and the African Union.

Niger has become the fifth African country to witness a coup in less than three years, following Mali, Guinea, Chad and Burkina Faso.

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