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Visit by Laurent Fabius to West Africa (July 26 to 28, 2012)

Laurent Fabius will conduct, from July 26 to 28, his first visit to the African continent since his appointment.

This visit will provide an opportunity to discuss, in addition to country-specific situations, the Malian crisis with the countries in the region that are most concerned and to seek their views on possible solutions to the crisis. During the first stage of the visit, in Niger, the minister will also address the issue of food security. The Senegal leg of the visit will be devoted to the themes of democratic renewal and youth.

The minister will firstly travel to Niamey in Niger. Mr. Fabius will meet with UNICEF and the World Food Program to discuss food security. He will meet with his counterpart, Mr. Mohamed Bazoum, then with Prime Minister Brigi Rafini and lastly with Mahamadou Issoufou, President of the Republic of Niger.

The minister will then go to Ouagadougou, in Burkina Faso, where he will meet with his counterpart, Mr. Djibril Bassolé. This meeting will be followed by an audience with President Blaise Compaoré. These meetings will focus primarily on the Malian crisis.

The minister will then travel to Dakar, in Senegal. Several meetings are scheduled with Senegalese political and cultural actors, including Mr. Youssou Ndour, Minister of Culture and Tourism. He will also meet with the leaders and members of the grassroots movement “Y’en a marre” (Enough is Enough). The minister will attend an official awards ceremony to bestow medals (Arts and Letters) on 4 eminent personalities: writer Ms. Ken Bugul, Ms. Fama Diagne Sène, chief librarian at the University of Bambey, Mr. Amady Bocoum, Director of Heritage, and Mr. Oumar Sankharé, the first Senegalese citizen to become a double Agrégé [holder of the agrégation, a post-graduate competitive examination for the teaching profession] in classical literature and grammar from the French University.

The next day, Mr. Fabius will meet with Mr. Said Djinnit, Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General, then with his counterpart, Mr. Alioune Badara Cissé and lastly with President Macky Sall.

Lastly, the minister will travel to Chad on Saturday, July 28, at the end of the day, and will meet with President Idriss Deby Itno.


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