US Deputy Secretary of State Victoria Nuland has visited the junta in Niger to hold talks regarding the coup they staged.
Nuland engaged in a discussion with the military leaders of the country in the capital city of Niamey, lasting about two hours. According to her, it was a “frank and difficult” conversation. As expected, the leaders refused to reinstate the ousted President Bazoum.
“They are sticking to their viewpoint on how things should proceed, and it does not align with Niger’s constitution,” she stated afterward.
The military personnel also declined Nuland’s request to meet with Bazoum. According to her, the deposed president has been placed “under a form of house arrest.”
Niger is a crucial partner for the US in the fight against terrorism in the region. Moreover, with the junta’s seizure of power, there is a concern that Russia might gain more influence in the country. In neighboring Mali, for example, mercenaries from the Wagner Group are already present.
The Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) had set an ultimatum to reverse the coup. The deadline expired yesterday, but military intervention has not yet occurred, despite threats of it.
On Thursday, the coalition will once again discuss the next steps.
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