We know that the most important thing we need to do is to listen, particularly to young leaders, to learn about the solutions you’re pursuing, and the ideas that you have for how our investments could accelerate progress. So we will partner closely with local leaders, civil society, and faith based organizations – not just governments – as we chart a course together.
We, at USAID, are focused on the humanitarian needs of the people of Niger, and when it comes to food assistance and those humanitarian needs of course we will try to continue to meet those needs, but those needs are going to increase. Because what happens when this kind of illegal action occurs – when there is a rejection of democracy that the people of Niger worked so hard to build, you start to see the private sector leaving the country, you start to see embassies being evacuated. That is going to be very bad for the economy and very, very bad for the people of Niger.