The United States has determined that Niger has experienced a military takeover d’état. The majority of U.S. support to the state of Niger is being suspended in accordance with area 7008 of the Department of State’s monthly appropriations act. The United States temporarily halted some foreign assistance programs to the government of Niger on August 5 totaling close to$ 200 million. According to section 7008 of the Department of State’s monthly budget action, that support is now also suspended. Additionally, we take note of the Millennium Challenge Corporation’s expulsion of all Niger-related guidance, including all new initiatives for its 2018 Compact as well as all preliminary work on its$ 302 million local transit compact.

We emphasize that we will continue to provide Niger’s citizens with life-saving charitable, food, and health support. In order to enhance shared pursuits in West Africa, the United States also plans to continue working with local governments, including those in Niger.

We support the Nigerien individuals in their quest for security, happiness, and democracy. We have backed the Economic Community of West American States’ efforts to work with Niger to restore political principle ever since the coup. The National Council for Safeguarding the Homeland must take action to usher in political leadership within a short and reliable period if U.S. help is to resume.

The United States calls for Mohamed Bazoum, his home, and all those imprisoned to be released once more.