French President Emmanuel Macron has said that France would withdraw troops it deployed in Niger by the end of 2023.
Macron said that the 1,500 French soldiers deployed in Niger to fight against terrorism in the Sahel region would “return in an orderly manner” by the end of the year, local media reported.
The French president also confirmed that the French ambassador to Niger would return shortly to France.
The military junta in Niger had demanded the departure of the French ambassador after the coup, but France refused.
Relations between Niger and France soured after the coup in Niger.