Benign. Provisional lifting of the blockade on the export of Nigerien oil

Benign. Provisional lifting of the blockade on the export of Nigerien oil
Benign. Provisional lifting of the blockade on the export of Nigerien oil

Benin also agreed to hold a meeting between the two countries, said Mines Minister Samou Seidou Adambi. This measure resolved a tense situation for several months between Porto-Novo and the government of Niger.

“This one-off and provisional authorization cannot be a rule of conduct,” declared the minister to the press in Cotonou, specifying that Porto-Novo could again suspend its authorization in the event of a lack of cooperation on the part of Niamey, particularly on the total reopening of their common border.

Niger inaugurated in November a giant oil pipeline which aims to allow the transport to neighboring Benin of crude oil extracted from the Agadem deposit (south-east) by an oil company belonging to the Chinese state.

But the loading of Nigerien oil at the port of Sèmè Kpodji could not start, firstly because of the closure of the borders between Niger and its neighbors after the sanctions imposed on Niamey by the West African organization ECOWAS.

Despite the announcement of the end of sanctions at the end of February and Benin’s desire to reopen its border, Niger has maintained its closed side.

Faapa

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