The United States of America has offered its support for Niger’s ousted president, Mohamed Bazoum.
Premium Politics reported that Bazoum was ousted as president after the presidential guard sealed off his office and residence.
Following this, the military in a statewide broadcast announced that it has taken over the affairs of the country.
While reacting to the development, US Secretary of State Antony Blinken, warned it could cease security and other cooperation with Niger, where about 1,000 US troops are stationed for now.
Blinken, who was wrapping up a multi-nation Pacific tour, called Bazoum for the second time in as many days to offer America’s “unflagging support,” department spokesman Matt Miller said in a statement.
The US secretary of state also “praised Bazoum’s role in promoting security not only in Niger but the wider West Africa region,” and said Washington would keep working to “ensure the full restoration of constitutional order and democratic rule in Niger.”