The government designated by the House of Representatives in Libya offered to help Niger through the port of Benghazi, with the aim of obtaining new commercial outlets following the sanctions of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), whose members closed their borders to the landlocked country for months.

The Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation in the parallel government, Abdul Hadi Al-Hawaij, said that the port of Benghazi can be used to enhance trade and improve the food and medical situation in Niger.

Al-Hawaij added in a statement to the French-language Sputnik Afrique agency on Wednesday that the main focus would be on trade between Libya and Niger and the possibility of using the Benghazi port to transport goods to Niger.

The Prime Minister of the parallel government, Osama Hammad, also sent an invitation to the Nigerien Prime Minister who accepted the invitation, and Al-Hawaij said, “The visit is under preparation.”