The Spanish Ministries of Defense and Foreign Affairs have been looking at Niger for a week. That is how long it has been since the military of the presidential government provoked a coup against the president, accusing him of maneuvering so that France would enter what was his former colony. Since then, both the Operations Command (MAOPS) and the Ministry led by José Manuel Albares have been working against the clock to organize the departure of the 70 Spaniards in Niger.
The situation is complicated, since although the airspace is closed, Yesterday commercial flights flew over the country without getting any to land. Now the governments seek agreements with the Nigerien coup leaders to carry out the evacuation of their citizens.
Defense reported early in the afternoon of this Tuesday that the Government was working on the evacuation by air of these citizens. Also that for several days the heads of the Spanish Embassy in Niger have made available to its citizens an email and an emergency telephone number to coordinate this evacuation operation. Thus, both the Ministry of Defense and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs work from the Operations Command in a coordinated manner to successfully extract those who are trapped in the African country.
At press time, contacts were continuing, both from Spain with the Nigerien authorities and among European countries that need to coordinate the evacuation of their citizens. France, Germany and Italy They announced publicly and at the same time as Spain that they were proceeding to evacuate their citizens, since all countries have personnel on the ground.
But it is the Gauls who have the most compatriots in Niger, around 600, and who are in the most danger, since the anger of the coup plotters has focused mainly on France. In fact, the military tried to gain access to that Embassy and even ripped off the entrance plate. Hence the Executive Macron yesterday organized an inter-ministerial meeting with Foreign and Defense personnel to evacuate its citizens as quickly as possible.