Capital: Niamey

The United States established diplomatic relations with Niger in 1960, following its independence from France. U.S. relations with Niger since its independence have generally been close and friendly. In 2010, a military junta took power after overthrowing the former president, who had tried to extend his rule unconstitutionally. A new president was inaugurated in 2011, returning Niger to constitutional, civilian rule. A poor 2011 harvest, the violence in Libya, and the security threat from al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb and the Nigeria-based group Boko Haram have complicated the government's efforts to improve Niger's economy, strengthen governance, and address human rights. The United States has commended Niger for its actions to consolidate and advance democratic institutions in its own country and to promote stability in the region, including its support for refugees who have fled the 2012 turbulence in neighboring Mali.

Media Releases for Niger

Closing Ceremony ends Flintlock 2014 in Niger 3/12/2014
Closing Ceremony ends Flintlock 2014 in Niger Flintlock is an African-planned, coordinated and executed multi-lateral exercise that seeks to further the training and counterterrorism capabilities and proficiencies of participating nations Go to Album
FLINTLOCK Builds Partnership and Capabilities of Partner African Nations 3/4/2014
Flintlock Builds Partnership and Capabilities of Partner African Nations Various countries soldiers take part in FLINTLOCK training exercise in Niger, Feb. 27, 2014. (U.S. Army photos by Spc. Timothy Clegg) Go to Album
Niger Gets New Planes and Trucks Through U.S. Security Cooperation Programs 7/16/2013
Niger Gets New Planes and Trucks Through U.S. Security Cooperation Programs The Niger Armed Forces are now better able to perform their duties after the recent delivery of some new airplanes and trucks obtained through U.S. security cooperation programs. On July 5, Full Story
Third Air Force Vice Commander Visits Niger 5/2/2013
Third AF Vice Commander Visits Niger The 3rd Air Force vice commander met with Niger's senior air force leaders and airmen during a visit here April 29. Maj. Gen. Carlton D. Everhart II, who is also the 17th Expeditionary Air Force Full Story
RESEPI Meeting Helps African Nations Come Together to Control Animal Diseases Across Borders 9/28/2012
U.S. AFRICOM Photo Across Africa, outbreaks of disease in animals pose a particular threat to the food supply and economies, rippling past borders and undermining precious stability. "With the movement of animals Full Story
African Defense Attache Officers Visit AFRICOM's Headquarters, Engage with Senior Leaders 6/28/2012
U.S. AFRICOM Photo Eleven African defense attaches expanded their knowledge of U.S. Africa Command and its key programs and objectives during a familiarization visit to the command's headquarters in Stuttgart, Full Story
Governance, Security Among Areas of U.S.-Nigerian Cooperation 6/7/2012
Calling Nigeria "one of our most important strategic partners," senior U.S. officials met with Nigeria's foreign minister, Olegbenga Ashiru, and other Nigerian officials June 4-5, 2012 Full Story
More U.S Aid to Relieve Food Shortages in Sahel 3/30/2012

U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton announced March 29, 2012 that the United States will boost its response to the humanitarian crisis unfolding in Africa's Sahel region, where Full Story

TRANSCRIPT: U.S. AFRICOM, EUCOM Commanders Testify Before Senate Armed Services Committee 3/1/2012
General Carter Ham, commander of U.S. Africa Command, and Admiral James Stavridis, commander of U.S. European Command, testified as part of the Senate Armed Services Committee's annual budget Full Story
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