The US’s acting deputy secretary of state, Victoria Nuland, has visited Niger to push coup authorities to restore democratic rule.
Nuland, who’s a senior United States diplomat says she held “frank and difficult” talks with military leader Moussa Barmou and three of his colonels in Niger’s capital, Niamey. 
Although Nuland’s requests to meet with ousted President Mohamed Bazoum and the self-proclaimed head of the military government, Abdourahmane Tchiani, were denied, she reaffirmed her country’s commitment to a “a negotiated solution” to the conflict.

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