Niger - Statement by Jean-Yves Le Drian (10 Aug. 2020)


I utterly condemn the deadly attack against a group of humanitarian workers yesterday in the Kouré area in Niger.

I extend my condolences to the families and friends of the victims who were murdered in a cowardly attack, as well as to the Nigerien authorities and people. The perpetrators of this despicable attack must be held accountable.

The Ministry for Europe and Foreign Affairs’ Crisis and Support Center and the Embassy of France in Niamey are fully mobilized, in close coordination with the Nigerien authorities and the NGO, ACTED, in order to provide all the necessary support and assistance to the victims’ families at this tragic time.

France is determined to ensure that the imperative to protect humanitarian and health workers is respected.

As President Macron reaffirmed during his discussion with his Nigerien counterpart, every effort is being and will be made to clarify the circumstances of this deadly attack. Our two countries remain determined to continue the joint fight against terrorist groups in the Sahel.