Niger : US orders partial embassy evacuation

When the military overthrew Niger’s government last week, the U.S. Department of State on Wednesday issued an order for the embassy in Niamey to be temporarily partially evacuated.

There are only a limited number of commercial planes, according to the State Department, which stated that all non-emergency U.S. government employees and their qualified family members were instructed to leave the embassy on Wednesday.

In order to provide limited emergency services to American people, the embassy will remain open, according to the agency. US authorities are “diplomatically engaged at the highest levels,” according to Secretary of State Antony Blinken, who made this statement in a post on X, the previous Twitter platform, on Wednesday.

The democratically elected government of Niger was overthrown and President Mohamed Bazoum was detained last week by military commanders who backed General Abdourahmane Tchiani. A second declaration of Tchiani Niger’s head of state was made by rebellious soldiers.

While it continues to provide about $200 million in economic and humanitarian aid, the Biden administration is hesitating to refer to the takeover as a “coup.” While the United States withdrew its military assistance from Nigerian forces, it made no mention of withdrawing the estimated 1,100 American troops that were working with Nigerian forces to gather intelligence, conduct surveillance, and combat terrorism.

The State Department said in a statement on Wednesday that “the United States rejects all efforts to overthrow Niger’s constitutional order and stood with the citizens of Niger, the Economic Communities of West African States (ECOWAS), the African Union, as well as other nations in support of constitutional government and respect for the rule law as well as the rights of people.”

The European Union, together with several nations like as France, Germany, and Italy, ceased providing support to the Nigerian government and instead urged its nationals to board planes out of Niger.

According to an official statement from the State Department, Americans who require help before leaving Niger should submit a request online.

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