Russia hopes for constructive cooperation with Niger in UN Security Council, says Lavrov

19/09/2019 – Russia hopes for maintaining close contacts with Niger, which over the next two years will be a non-permanent member of the UN Security Council, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said at a meeting with his visiting Nigerien counterpart Kalla Ankourao in Moscow on Thursday.The agenda of Thursday’s negotiations includes bilateral relations, which, Lavrov said, « rely on the traditions of friendship, cooperation and mutual understanding. » Continuer à lire … « Russia hopes for constructive cooperation with Niger in UN Security Council, says Lavrov »

Mali/Norway to provide NOK 30 million for school meals in Mali (Mopti)

18/09/2019 – Funding from Norway will be used to provide nutritious school meals to some 55 000 children in conflict-torn Mali. ‘Malnourished children have problems learning, no matter how good the teaching is. If children are given school meals, their parents are more likely to send them to school. This in turn helps to promote stability in a part of the world where it is badly needed,’ said Minister of International Development Dag-Inge Ulstein, who visited Mali this week. Continuer à lire … « Mali/Norway to provide NOK 30 million for school meals in Mali (Mopti) »

Nigeria/Niger – No end in sight to Nigeria’s border closures

18/09/2019 – Nigerian border crossings with Benin and Niger remain sealed despite a warning from West Africa’s regional grouping that the the shutdown is harming prosperity. Continuer à lire … « Nigeria/Niger – No end in sight to Nigeria’s border closures »

Libya / Italy – Al-Sarraj visits Rome to discuss Libya’s conflict

18/09/2019 – The Head of the Libyan Presidential Council Fayez Al-Sarraj is visiting Italy’s capital, Rome, on Wednesday to discuss the latest developments of the Libyan crisis with the Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte. Continuer à lire … « Libya / Italy – Al-Sarraj visits Rome to discuss Libya’s conflict »

Chinese GP6 guided artillery projectiles in Libya

18/09/2019 – Images supplied to ARES show that the items in question included at least two Chinese-made GP6 laser-guided 155 mm artillery projectiles. These fall into a general category of weapons known as ‘precision guided munitions’. Precision guided munitions (PGMs) are those which can alter their flight paths to more precisely strike a target. PGMs are increasingly common amongst major militaries, however comparatively high per-munition cost and other factors restrict their use among the armed forces of developing nations. Nonetheless, more and more have been documented in service with the armed forces of developing nations, and in the hands of non-state actors. Continuer à lire … « Chinese GP6 guided artillery projectiles in Libya »

Russian firm trains Nigerians on nuclear energy

17/09/2019 – As part of plans by the federal government to improve electricity generation through nuclear means, ROSATOM, a Russian government-owned nuclear energy firm, has begun training of Nigerian professionals and youths in that regard. Continuer à lire … « Russian firm trains Nigerians on nuclear energy »

Libya army captures six of Haftar’s militias south of Tripoli

16/09/2019 – The Volcano of Rage Operation confirmed it had captured six of Haftar’s gunmen while attempting to infiltrate the Ramla axis, south of Tripoli. Continuer à lire … « Libya army captures six of Haftar’s militias south of Tripoli »