After the junta disregarded the West African bloc’s ultimatum, the second-ranking US envoy met with Niger’s military officials on Monday to advocate for the overthrow of the coup but she reported no progress.

The military leaders who on July 26 overthrew Mohamed Bazoum, a democratically elected Western ally, met with Victoria Nuland, the acting deputy secretary of state, for more than two hours, according to Nuland. She said that the leaders of the coup forbade her from meeting with the deposed president.

She called the discussions “extremely frank and at times quite difficult” but said she provided “a number of options” to end the crisis and mend relations with the United States, which, like other Western countries, has withheld help due to the situation.

Before taking departure, she spoke with reporters on the phone and said, “This was a first conversation in which the United States was offering its good offices if there is a desire on the part of the people who are responsible for this to return to the constitutional order.”

“I wouldn’t say that we took advantage of that offer in any way.”

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