SECRETARY BLINKEN: Well, good afternoon, everyone. It’s a pleasure to be able to meet with the president of Niger, President Bazoum. Niger is a very valued partner of the United States, a strong example of democratic governance, a leader in trying to advance regional security at a time when that is more important than ever.
So this is a partnership that we greatly value and attach importance to. I’ve had the opportunity to engage with the president on several occasions, but it’s a particular pleasure, Mr. President, to be able to meet with you directly. I also want to say that the United States is intent on supporting our partners in Niger, especially at a challenging time for so many of us. We are in the midst of providing additional assistance