From April 28 to May 5, 2019, Italy's deputy minister of foreign affairs and international cooperation, Emanuela Del Re, visited Niger and Burkina Faso.
In Niger, Del Re met with President Mahamadou Issoufou and Prime Minister Brigi Rafini to discuss issues including development cooperation, migration, regional security, and the Libyan crisis. Del Re traveled to Agadez, where she announced a €3 million (US$3 million) contribution for the International Organization for Migration (OIM), through the Africa Fund, for improving the management of migration flows and the fight against human trafficking on Niger's border with Nigeria and Algeria.
During her visit to Burkina Faso, Del Re met President Roch Marc Christian Kaboré. She noted that security, development cooperation, the environment, and economic cooperation are Italy's core areas of interest with the country. While there she met with ministers of foreign affairs, agriculture, health, trade and crafts, women, and security to discuss these issues.
Media release - Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation