The Niger Republic coup leaders have blocked the American delegation from meeting with ousted President Mohamed Bazoum, even when the delegation made the request during a visit to Niamey, Capital of the country to meet the coupists
Penpushing reports that the American Department of State’s Ambassador, Acting Deputy Secretary of State, and Under Secretary for Political Affairs, Victoria Nuland, had on Monday August 7, 2023 travelled to Niger and met with some of the coup leaders, in the country’s capital, Niamey.
The State Department Spokesperson Matthew Miller explained that the aim of the visit was for the American government to express its grave concern regarding developments in Niger Republic and resolute commitment to supporting the democracy and constitutional order.
Penpushing further reports that the Department said after over two hours meeting with the coupists led by Chief of the Defence Staff of the coup Brigadier General Moussa Barmou and three of his colonels, a request was made to see the overthrown President Mohamed Bazoum for some gestures of health and welfare.
The Under Secretary for Political Affairs, Victoria Nuland said in contrary the coup leaders denied her access to meeting with the ousted civilian President and overall coup leader and current military head of government, General Abdourahamane Tiani.
‘We’ve talked to him on the phone, but we haven’t seen him. We were not granted an opportunity to see the self-proclaimed president, Mr Tiani. So, we were left to have to depend on Mr Barmou to make clear, again, what is at stake”
‘On the junta’s interactions with the Wagner Grooup. I got the sense in my meetings today that the people who have taken this action here understand very well the risks to their sovereignty when Wagner is invited in. I would not say that we learned much more about their thinking on that front.”
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