Mali – Niger – Joint visit by Jean-Marc Ayrault and his German counterpart, Frank-Walter Steinmeier (May 1 to 3, 2016)

Jean-Marc Ayrault, Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Development, and his German counterpart, Frank-Walter Steinmeier, will conduct a joint visit to Mali and Niger from May 1 to 3.

This visit reflects the strong commitment of France, Germany, and beyond that, the EU, to the Sahel. The ministers will present our two countries’ joint response to the challenges facing the region, both in terms of security and development.

Jean-Marc Ayrault and Frank-Walter Steinmeier will be received by Ibrahim Boubacar Keita, President of the Republic of Mali, and then by Mahamadou Issoufou, President of the Republic of Niger.

In Bamako, Jean-Marc Ayrault and Frank-Walter Steinmeier will deliver a message of support for the peace process in the country and for the efforts of the UN (MINUSMA) and EU missions. In Gao, they will meet with the Malian and international forces operating in the region, notably the Operation Barkhane force.

Jean-Marc Ayrault and Frank-Walter Steinmeier will also visit Niamey where France and Germany are implementing projects aimed, on the one hand, at promoting sustainable development and, on the other hand, at supporting Niger in its fight against terrorism and the management of migrant flows.