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Saudi Arabia, UAE, Turkey, Algeria and Egypt express ‘concern’ over Niger coup

The coup in the West African country could be a victory for Russia. The Gulf has economic interests in the region.
Supporters of Nigerien President Mohamed Bazoum gather to show their support for him in Niamey on July 26, 2023.

Several Middle Eastern countries including Turkey and Saudi Arabia expressed concern over the coup in Niger on Thursday, ousting pro-West President Mohamed Bazoum.

“We follow with deep concern the coup attempt perpetrated by a group within the Armed Forces in Niger,” Turkey’s Foreign Ministry of Foreign Affairs said in a statement.

Saudi Arabia’s Foreign Ministry issued a similar statement, saying the kingdom is following events in the West African country with “great concern,” but did not use the word “coup.”

The United Arab Emirates used harsher language, saying it “condemns” the coup.

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