Biden demands the release of Bazoum, and the Niger junta terminates military ties with France.

As Niger celebrates its independence on Thursday, President Joe Biden urged the country’s military to free its president, Mohamed Bazoum, claiming that the coup has threatened democracy in that African nation.

Governor Bazoum and his family should be released immediately, and Niger’s hard-won democracy should be upheld, according to a statement issued by President Biden.

“The United States remains committed to its decades-long partnership with the people of Niger, based on common democratic principles and support for civilian-led administration, especially at this critical juncture,” he said.

It is the right of the Nigerien people to select their own leaders. They have held free and fair elections to express their will, and that ought to be acknowledged,” he continued.

More than 350 French nationals as well as people from ten other countries arrived in France on two planes from Niger on Wednesday, according to the French foreign ministry. Evacuation efforts are still on for a third flight.

A spokeswoman for the State Department, Matthew Miller, announced in a statement that non-emergency US government employees and their qualified family members must temporarily leave the US Embassy in Niamey due to the unfolding developments in Niger and out of caution.

We continue to maintain significant levels of diplomatic engagement,” he said. Governor Bazoum and his family should be released immediately, and Niger’s hard-won democracy should be upheld, according to a statement issued by President Biden.

He declared, “We continue to maintain strong levels of diplomatic engagement. We in the United States remain committed to preserving democracy and our connection with the citizens of Niger.”

Miller stated that although the State Department is recommending US citizens not travel to Niger, the embassy is still open for limited emergency services.

According to a State Department statement, US Secretary of State Antony Blinken informed Bazoum over the phone that Washington is still dedicated to the restoration of the nation’s elected administration.

In advance of scheduled protests in the nation’s capital, France demanded on Thursday that Niger’s recently appointed military chiefs ensure the protection of its embassy in Niamey.

It requested that the Niger security forces take all necessary steps to safeguard the safety of diplomatic staff and foreign diplomatic rights of way.

The Foreign Ministry of France also said that these were mandated by international law, particularly the Vienna Convention.

According to a travel alert released by the UK government on Thursday, the British Embassy in Niamey is temporarily downsizing its workforce in response to the security situation in Niger.

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