Beijing “intends to play a role of good offices, of mediator” in Niger, the Chinese ambassador to this African country, shaken by a putsch at the end of July, said on Monday.
The Chinese government intends to play a “mediating role” in the political crisis in Niger, declared the Chinese ambassador to this country in an interview on Monday on Nigerien national television.
“The Chinese government intends to play a role of good offices, of mediator, with total respect for regional countries to find a political solution to this Nigerian crisis,” declared the ambassador in this interview, after a meeting with the Prime Minister Nigerian Ali Mahaman Lamine Zeine, appointed by the military who took power.
“China always pursues a principle of non-interference in the internal affairs of other countries” and encourages African countries “to resolve their problems the African way,” added the ambassador.
China is a major economic partner of Niger, mainly in the energy sector.
The two countries are notably building a 2,000 km oil pipeline, the longest in Africa, intended to export crude oil from the fields of Agadem (south-eastern Niger) to the port of Sèmè in Benin.
The Agadem deposits are exploited by the oil group China National Petroleum Corporation (CNPC), which has also built a refinery in Zinder, in the south of Niger, with a capacity of 20,000 barrels per day and of which the Chinese company holds a stake. majority of the capital.
Chinese companies are also carrying out construction work on the Kandadji dam on the Niger River, a pharaonic project worth 740 billion CFA francs (1.1 billion euros) located in the far west of the country, which should generate annual 629 GWh in order to allow Niger to free itself from its energy dependence on neighboring Nigeria.
In the wake of the coup, Nigeria cut its electricity supply to Niger, in line with sanctions decided by the Economic Community of West African States.
Source: BFM TV