The United Kingdom Foreign, Commonwealth, and Development Office has temporarily withdrawn from Niger, according to their government portal.
The announcement reads below:
“Travel within or out of Niger is at your own risk. The FCDO cannot offer advice on the safety of travelling to any departure point within Niger. We have temporarily withdrawn our UK staff from Niger and our embassy is operating remotely. Limited consular assistance will continue to be provided by the British Deputy High Commission in Lagos as usual.
If you decide to stay in Niger, or cannot leave, you should:
- follow any advice from local authorities, including curfew
- avoid protests, gatherings and any military activity
- stay indoors where possible
- be ready to leave if there is an opportunity
Our ability to provide consular assistance to British nationals in Niger is severely limited. All consular services in Niger are provided via our staff in London and Lagos, Nigeria.
If you’re a British national and need consular assistance in Niger, you can phone FCDO’s 24/7 helpline and select option 2 for consular services for British nationals.”
This announcement comes as an ECOWAS delegation has met with both the CNSP head and President Bazoum, who they are demanding be released. These high tension talks come as ECOWAS officials confirmed they are ready to intervene if President Bazoum is not released. Algeria has still pledged to refrain from intervention and is one of the most fervent opponents of military action.