US called Niger a ‘model of resilience’. Now it is grappling with a coup

US Secretary of State Antony Blinken, left, meets Nigerien President Mohamed Bazoum at the presidential palace in Niamey, Niger, in March [Boureima Hama/The Associated Press] When he visited Niger in March — becoming the first United States secretary of state to do so — Antony Blinken hailed the West African country as “a model of resilience, a model of democracy, a model of cooperation”.

Now analysts say a coup in the country has thrown into question Washington’s relationship with what it has viewed as one of its last viable allies in the volatile Sahel region. Keep reading

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