China’s foreign ministry said it believes Niger and other regional countries have the wisdom and capability to find a “political resolution” to the current situation, referring to last week’s coup in the West African nation. It also called for “relevant parties” to “restore normal order as soon as possible”.

China Hopes Niger Will Find a Political Resolution to Coup

“President Bazoum is a friend of China, it is hoped that his personal safety is guaranteed, and that relevant parties in Niger peacefully manage differences through dialogue with the fundamental interests of the nation and the people as a starting point,” the ministry said.

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The ministry added that it “attaches high importance” to the safety of Chinese nationals in Niger, and that it had directed them to “strengthen safety and preventative measures, and prepare for an emergency”.