Last Thursday, the United States of America made an important political announcement about the situation in Niger. The statement was from Ms. Molly Phee, United States Under-Secretary of State for African Affairs, who spoke at a press conference by video conference, in the presence of Nigerian journalists. According to this statement, the United States recognized that President Bazoum had been deposed and that the National Council for the Salvation of the People (CNSP) was now the entity that governed Niger. The announcement drew a reaction from Niger’s ambassador to Uncle Sam’s country this Saturday.
Last Thursday, Mrs. Molly Phee in her speech called on Nigerians to work in partnership with the United States and ECOWAS (Economic Community of West African States) for a return to democratic order. He stressed that the time has come for Nigerians to initiate discussions with their regional and international partners to resolve the political crisis affecting the country. ” The time has come to talk to your partners in the Region. You have to work with us ”, insisted Ms. Molly Phee.
However, the recognition of the CNSP by the United States was not without consequences. Niger’s ambassador to the United States, Kiari Liman-Tinguirreacted publicly to this announcement on the social network”. He expressed his gratitude to the American authorities, in particular those of the State Department, as well as to the members of the diplomatic corps accredited in Washington, in particular those of the group African and the ECOWAS regional group, for their collaboration during their mission.
” The recognition by the US government that “the CNSP runs Niger” terminates my duties as Niger’s ambassador to the US. I thank the American authorities and in particular those of the State Department, the members of the diplomatic corps accredited in Washington, in particular those of the African group and the ECOWAS regional group for their collaboration during the my mission I will continue to express myself here, in a personal capacity” wrote the now former representative of Niger in Uncle Sam’s country.
It should be remembered that the political situation in Niger has undergone significant evolution since the coup d’état that took place on July 26, 2023, which led to the removal of President Mohamed Bazoum. The United States did not call this situation a coup until Tuesday, October 10, when it formally recognized the military takeover as a “coup”. This recognition led to the elimination of $442 million in economic aid, under Section 70-08.