The US State Department has announced that its embassy in Niamey, Niger, will continue to function amid the recent political upheaval in the country. Despite the military officers’ seizure of power, the mission will remain open, and key personnel will continue to operate from the embassy.
In response to the situation, the United States is arranging the evacuation of some embassy staff and their families from Niger. However, the embassy’s core operations will remain intact, ensuring continuous diplomatic engagement with Niger and its people.
US State Department Spokesperson, Matthew Miller, emphasized the high priority given to the safety and security of all personnel and US citizens overseas. Washington is closely monitoring the developments in Niger and will make necessary decisions to safeguard its personnel and citizens on the ground.
Miller further reaffirmed the US’s unwavering commitment to the people of Niger and their relationship with the country, as Niger remains a crucial Western ally in the fight against Islamist insurgents. The international community has expressed concern over the military junta’s takeover and its potential implications on the fight against militant groups in the region.
Niger experienced its seventh military takeover in less than three years in West and Central Africa when a military junta overthrew the democratically elected President Mohamed Bazoum and his government last Wednesday.
As the situation continues to evolve, the United States is closely monitoring developments and is committed to supporting Niger’s stability and security while ensuring the safety and well-being of its personnel and citizens in the country.