NIAMEY - Niger has temporarily stopped issuing authorisations for oil product deliveries to neighboring Mali unless they are destined to the United Nations peacekeeping mission there, the government said.

In a statement dated September 21 and seen by Reuters on Tuesday, Niger said it would also revoke authorisations that had already been issued, but did not specify any reasons for the suspension.

The move echoes tensions between the two West African countries that have escalated since military officers seized power in Mali in August 2020 and started collaborating with Russian mercenaries to fight Islamist militants.