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Sub-Saharan Africa a priority, says Italy


Rome, Jan 3 (IANS/AKI) African countries lying south of the are important for Italy's foreign policy, said on Wednesday as he began a three-day trip to Niger, and

"Sub-Saharan represents a priority for Italy's foreign policy, and this is why I have decided to go on my first 2018 mission to West and the Sahel, to visit Niger, and Guinea," Alfano said.

has forged a "broad and equal partnership" with Africa, ranging from development cooperation to security, investments and the management of migrant flows, he said.

This "new" approach to the region, relaunched during the Italy-Ministerial Conference in May 2016 is progressing in Niger, and "in a concrete and visible fashion," said Alfano.

During his visit to the three countries, Alfano will hold talks with local officials and visit several Italian cooperation projects, the ministry said without giving details of his itinerary.

Italy's nascent peacekeeping mission in will soon be presented to parliament and will "contribute to creating a pillar of security in the Sahel region," said in December.



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First Published: Wed, January 03 2018. 22:30 IST