Italy urges ECOWAS to extend the Niger deadline

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Italy has requested that the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) extend the time limit for the reinstatement of the expelled president of Niger.

Antonio Tajani, the foreign minister of Italy, offered the counsel in an interview that was released on Monday, according to NAN.

“Diplomacy is the only available option. I’m hoping that the Economic Community of West African States’ (ECOWAS) ultimatum, which was set to expire at midnight yesterday, would be extended today, Tajani told La Stampa.

In response to the rumored threat of military involvement from the West African regional grouping, Niger shut down its airspace on Sunday until further notice.

After coup leaders ignored a deadline to reinstate the nation’s ousted president Mohammed Bazoum, who is currently being held captive, the threat was made public.

Earlier, hundreds of junta supporters came to a stadium in the nation’s capital, Niamey, to applaud the group’s resolve to defy pressure to resign by Sunday following the coup on July 26.

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