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Merkel visits Niger

06.05.2019 - Article

German Chancellor and EU security training mission officials discussed migration, terrorism and organised crime, writes dpa.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel discussing with EU security training mission officials
German Chancellor Angela Merkel discussing with EU security training mission officials© dpa

German Chancellor Angela Merkel visited a European Union training mission for security forces in Niamey on the last day of her three-day visit to West Africa.

Officials at the EU Capacity Building Mission in Niger - EUCAP Sahel Niger - spoke to the chancellor on migration, terrorism, organized crime, mobile border security and drugs trafficking.

The mission, currently numbering 120 EU and 60 local personnel, was set up by the EU in 2012 to respond to train the Niger police and other security officials to fight terrorism and organized crime in the region.

Before flying back to Berlin, Merkel was to visit a women's rights organization founded in 1998 to protect women and children from domestic violence.

Merkel has donated a prize for gender equality awarded to her by the government of Finland to the organisation, which will use the 150,000 Euro (167,000 US dollars) to build a shelter for women in Niamey.

© dpa via deutschland.de

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