ROME, DECEMBER 29 – After announcing last October the decision to open a new Embassy in Niamey, the Italian government appointed on Thursday its first Ambassador in Niger. The appointment was accompanied by the necessary procedures with the authorities in Niamey to obtain credentials for the new Head of Mission.
“Italy is actively committed in supporting Sub-Saharan African countries in limiting and managing irregular migration flows, seeking to avoid human tragedies, and contributing to ease the migration pressure on Europe, supporting the fight against terrorism and illegal trafficking, especially human trafficking,” the Italian Minister of Foreign Affairs Angelino Alfano said in a statement. The goal, Alfano added, is to “avoid further human tragedies, contain the pressure towards Europe and support the fight against terrorism and illegal human trafficking”.
The new Embassy in Niamey will make possible to give a decisive impulse to the bilateral relationship with Niger and collaborate for peace, stability and the consolidation of the democratic process in the Sahel, Alfano explained.
Announcing the opening of the Embassy in Niamey and over another one in Guinea (Conakry), last October Italy decided to strengthen its diplomatic presence in Africa, with a special focus on the regions of Sahel and West Africa, both crucial for the management of mass migrations towards the coasts of Europe. Italy is actively engaged in Niger through the Italian Development Cooperation that promotes projects focusing on food security and safety, public health and the enhancement of small entrepreneurship, with special attention to young and women enterpreneurs.
Until now Niger was managed from the Italian Embassy in Cote d’Ivoire. Having a new diplomatic post offers considerable logistic advantages with repercussions on both regional stability and to contain security risks in Italy and in Europe. (@OnuItalia)