Statement following the meeting in Downing Street today between the Prime Minister and President Issoufou of Niger.
A Downing Street spokesman said:
The Prime Minister met President Issoufou of Niger in Downing Street this afternoon, the first visit by a Nigerien Head of State since 1969. The leaders discussed co-operation on humanitarian assistance and counter-terrorism, including on recent kidnapping cases in the region. They agreed on the need for concerted international action to tackle the threats of terrorism, organised crime and political instability in Mali and the Sahel, and the importance of the role of ECOWAS in doing this. They spoke about the drought in the Sahel region of West Africa and referred to the UK’s contribution of £10 million in aid to the region which will help a further one million people survive the food crisis there. They also discussed their shared commitment to supporting stability, political transition and the rule of law in Libya.