The Special Envoy for the Sahel visits Niger
Posted by African Press International on July 6, 2014
DAKAR, Sénégal, July 4, 2014/African Press Organization (APO)/ — As part of her Sahel tour, the Special Envoy of the United Nations Secretary-General for the Sahel, Mrs. Hiroute Guebre Sellassie, on July 4th visited Niger, and met with President Mahamadou Issoufou and the national authorities.
The Special Envoy briefed President Mahamadou Issoufou on the latest developments regarding the implementation of the United Nations Integrated Strategy for the Sahel, and stressed the importance to coordinate all initiatives and strategies for the Sahel region.
For her first official visit to Niger, the Special Envoy commended the President of Niger for his government’s efforts to ensure peace and stability in the region. She encouraged national authorities to continue their efforts to consolidating the democratic achievements in order to tackle the multiple challenges faced by Niger and the region.
For his part, President Issoufou expressed his personal support to the Special Envoy for the implementation of the United Nations Strategy for the Sahel, and reiterated Niger’s commitment to work with the United Nations, the countries of the region, as well as with the other partners, in order to address insecurity issues and establish a durable peace and stability in the Sahel.
In this regard, President Issoufou reaffirmed the importance of a coordinated approach by all stakeholders in the Sahel – as mentioned in the UN Integrated Strategy – to better respond to the needs of the region. He also underlined that the G5, which Niger is a member, is complementary to the existing initiatives in the Sahel and that it will work in coordination with the United Nations and other partners.
Mrs. Guebre Sellassie also confered with the Prime Minister, Mr. Brigi Rafini, and the President of the National Assembly, Mr. Hama Amadou, as well as with other national officials and representatives of the United Nations system in Niger.
For her next visit, the Special Envoy will visit Islamic Republic of Mauritania
Office of the Special Envoy of the Secretary-General of the United Nations for the Sahel (OSES)