NIAMEY (UNA-OIC) – President of the Republic of Niger, H.E. Mohamed Bazoum, received the Secretary-General of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC), H.E. Mr Hissein Brahim Taha, in Niamey, on Monday 7 March 2022.
The visit was part of the Secretary-General’s tour of the Sahel and Lake Chad Basin countries Members of the OIC.
The meeting reviewed aspects of cooperation between Niger and the OIC, and ways to strengthen joint Islamic action and enhance the spirit of solidarity in solving challenges facing Niger.
The Secretary General thanked Niger as the current chair of the OIC Council of Foreign Minister (CFM), for its efforts in support of the OIC’s projects and especially the establishment of the OIC Regional Mission for the Sahel and Lake Chad countries in Niger.
For his part, the President expressed Niger’s constant readiness to support OIC activities.
He also called upon OIC Member States and Institutions to be more involved in contributing to finding solutions to the insecurity and the food crises the Sahel and Lake Chad basin regions are facing presently.
The Secretary-General also met with Niger’s Prime Minister Ouhoumoudou Mahamadou and the Minister of Foreign Affairs Hassoumi Massaoudou.
Both sides discussed issues of interest to the Islamic world and the OIC’s role in resolving conflicts, promoting mediation efforts, and the need to do more to activate joint Islamic actions and overcome the various challenges facing the Islamic world, particularly counter-terrorism, fight against Islamophobia and intolerance and achieving comprehensive economic development.
They equally discussed the efforts of the countries in the regions to tackle the security and development challenges in the Sahel and Lake Chad Basin regions in addition to the political situations in Mali, Libya, and Burkina Faso.
The OIC Secretary-General stressed the need for Member States to further support the Organization’s Regional Mission in Niger in assisting the countries of Sahel and Lake Chad Basin Regions in their economic development efforts.