Indian Nationals Advised to Leave Niger Amid Political Uncertainty

In the wake of a recent coup in Niger, the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) has issued a comprehensive advisory urging Indian nationals whose presence is deemed non-essential to promptly depart the country. The MEA’s advisory comes in response to the prevailing political instability in Niger and the suspension of normal activities, including the closure of airspace.

MEA spokesperson Arindam Bagchi addressed the situation during a media briefing on Friday, emphasizing the Indian government’s vigilant monitoring of events in Niger. He stated, “Government of India is closely monitoring ongoing developments in Niger. In light of the prevailing situation, Indian nationals whose presence is not essential are advised to leave the country as soon as possible. They may bear in mind that airspace is currently closed. When departing through a land border, utmost precautions may be taken to ensure safety and security. Those who may be planning travel to Niger in the coming days are also similarly advised to reconsider their travel plans until the situation normalizes.”

The advisory also extended to Indian nationals who have not yet registered with the Indian embassy in Niger’s capital, Niamey. The MEA urged these individuals to expedite their registration process and provided an emergency contact number for the Indian embassy in Niamey: +22799759975.

Addressing concerns about the well-being of Indian nationals already in Niger, Bagchi disclosed that approximately 250 Indians are currently present in the country. He reassured that the Indian Embassy in Niamey is actively liaising with Indian communities, affirming their safety.

The political upheaval in Niger transpired when President Mohamed Bazoum was deposed in a coup, triggering a state of uncertainty. Abdourahamane Tiani, commander of Niger’s presidential guard, proclaimed himself as the country’s leader following the military takeover.

The instability has caused upheaval in the capital, Niamey, as residents grapple with uncertainty. Reports indicate that individuals have rushed to supermarkets to stockpile essential supplies, and many have sought to leave the city. Amid this backdrop, pro-junta demonstrators convened to voice support for the military government and opposition to sanctions imposed by the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS).

The MEA’s advisory seeks to ensure the safety and security of Indian nationals in the face of the current situation and highlights the government’s proactive approach in safeguarding the well-being of its citizens abroad.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *