Ottawa has announced it will stop providing financial assistance to Niger’s government in the wake of a military coup in the West African country.

Foreign Affairs Minister Melanie Joly says in the statement that Canada supports ECOWAS mediation efforts.

Canada Suspending Direct Aid to Niger’s Government After Military Coup

The Global Affairs Department says a bilateral development deal signed with Niger in 2020 had been expected to reach an annual budget of $10 million per year by 2026.

The program disbursed $2.71 million in the 2021-2022 financial year.