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Vol 55 No 7

Published 4th April 2014


Niger

Issoufou’s Sahel agenda

Amid diplomatic discord and tough trade talks in Brussels, Niger’s President adeptly pushed for his government’s policies and interests

In spite of the testy relations between some African politicians and Europe, President Mahamadou Issoufou has cultivated strong support from top officials in Brussels and Paris. Indeed, as problems multiply between Mali's President Ibrahim Boubacar Keïta and French officials, Issoufou has established himself as the West's key interlocutor in the Sahel. Issoufou's neighbourhood is dangerous: jihadist fighters are still ensconced in Libya, Mali and Nigeria.

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