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The Deputy Foreign Minister for African Affairs, Ambassador Hamdi Sanad Loza, headed to the Nigerian capital Niamey on February 5th to take part in the 4th Conference of the Heads of State of the Group of Five for the Sahel G5 scheduled on February 6th at the invitation of the Minister of Planning of Niger, who is in charge of the G5 Sahel file.
The Deputy Foreign Minister stated that Egypt's participation in the conference is situated in light of the country’s historical relations with the Alliance’s States, namely, Niger, Burkina Faso, Chad, Mali and Mauritania, while mentioning the visit of President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi to Chad last August, as well as Egypt's counterterrorism efforts along with the five countries, and its keenness on supporting the ongoing peace efforts in Mali.
Loza added that, stemming from the distinguished cooperation between Egypt and the G5 Sahel countries in the various fields, Egypt has provided training programs for cadres from the Sahel countries via the Egyptian Agency of Partnership for Development affiliated to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and the Cairo International Center for Conflict Resolution, Peacekeeping and Peacebuilding (CCCPA), in addition to food and medical aid.