Nigerien leader meets with French special envoy on political transition

16:59, May 19, 2010      

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Nigerien leader Salou Djibo met with French President Nicolas Sarkozy's special envoy here on Tuesday to discuss the planned the Africa-France meeting and the African country's political transition.

French envoy Andre Parant, accompanied by Remi Marechaux who is also an advisor at the Elysee, conveyed an invitation to Djibo, the head of the Supreme Council for the Restoration of Democracy (CSRD), to the Africa-France meeting to be held in France at the end of this month.

The French emissary told reporters he also took the occasion to get more information on the situation in Niger, especially "the handling of the transition."

France welcomed "with satisfaction, the statement that was published by CSRD on May 5 fixing the Feb. 18, 2011 as the date to end the transition," the French president's advisor said.

"France is available to help Niger handle this transition in the best way and equally available to help the country overcome the food crisis facing the majority of her citizens," he added.

The CSRD is considered the military junta which came to power in a coup on Feb. 18. The junta has vowed not to be involved in the future elections to end the crisis, which is widely seen as a positive step.



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