Wilfried Houngbédji clarifies and puts an end to the controversy

Wilfried Houngbédji clarifies and puts an end to the controversy
Wilfried Houngbédji clarifies and puts an end to the controversy

Authorization to ship Nigerian oil: Wilfried Houngbédji clarifies and puts an end to the controversy

May 21, 2024Headlines, Politics & News


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“With this authorization, we show our good faith and our willingness to ensure that the contract that binds us with Niger and the Chinese side is executed,” declared government spokesperson Wilfried Léandre Houngbédji, in response to the controversy. on the fact that Benin would have backed down in its desire to force Niger to reopen its border after having authorized the export of its oil. He spoke out in an interview with DW. Referring to the explanations of the minister in charge of mines, Samou Seidou Adambi, Wilfried Léandre Houngbédji recalled that this authorization is “temporary and one-off”. “This is precisely to facilitate the loading of the first boat. Symbolically, this boat should mark the official commissioning of the equipment produced. This ship was in our waters. We authorized it because the Nigerien side had requested it. Furthermore, President Patrice Talon has never suggested that relations between the two countries should be conducted informally,” he stressed. According to him, the parties concerned will be able to resolve other issues within the framework of their exchanges, hoping that all difficulties will be definitively overcome. “It is not a question of coercing Benin. An agreement binds Benin, Niger and the Chinese side. The Chinese have requested that the inter-state committee provided for by the agreement be able to meet,” added the government spokesperson.

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