US Expresses Support for ECOWAS’ Efforts in Niger Crisis Resolution

Washington, August 11, 2023: The United States has expressed its appreciation for the proactive stance taken by the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) in its pursuit of a peaceful resolution to the recent coup in Niger. In response to ECOWAS’ approval of a “standby” military force, US Secretary of State Antony Blinken affirmed his solidarity with the regional bloc’s leadership in advocating for the restoration of constitutional order in Niger, following the military coup on July 26 that ousted President Mohamed Bazoum.

Secretary Blinken, in an official statement, conveyed the United States’ commitment to holding the Niger junta accountable for the security and well-being of President Bazoum, his family, and other government officials who have been detained. The US emphasized the importance of ensuring their safety amidst the ongoing political turmoil.

The US government, along with the United Nations, has expressed concerns regarding the health and safety of President Bazoum, who has remained under house arrest for over two weeks since the coup. Efforts by the international community to urge the junta to reinstate the deposed president by a specified deadline have gone unheeded.

In a significant development, the military leaders in Niger, rather than complying with the ultimatum, have chosen to form a new cabinet to govern the nation. This move has prompted both local and global attention, with diplomatic efforts intensifying to address the situation and encourage a peaceful and democratic resolution.

As ECOWAS continues its efforts to navigate the crisis and facilitate a peaceful outcome, the international community, including the United States, remains closely engaged in promoting stability, democratic governance, and the rule of law in Niger. The situation continues to evolve, and stakeholders are actively monitoring developments with a collective hope for a peaceful resolution that respects the will and well-being of the people of Niger.

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