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The Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Cooperation and African Integration of the Government of Niger (var. Foreign Ministry) is the government authority responsible for the foreign relations of Niger and its diplomatic corps abroad. The Foreign Ministry is headed by the Minister of Foreign Affairs, a political appointment who sits in the Council of Ministers of Niger, reporting directly to the President of Niger. "African Integration" is a reference to the Minister's role in the African Union and its long professed Pan-African project on continental integration. The current Minister is Ibrahim Yacouba, who has held the post since 2016.
Overseen by the Minister and his office is the General Secretariat of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Offices below this are the Directorate of Bilateral African Cooperation, which oversees the diplomatic missions of Niger in Africa, the Directorate Europe, for embassies to and relations with European governments, and the Directorate America, Asia and Oceania, for those governments. Multilateral contacts with the African Union and other African bodies are overseen by the Directorate of African Union and Integration, while the Directorate of United Nations and International Organisations oversees missions to the United Nations (and Niger's Consulate in New York) and other bodies (such as Unesco).
This is a list of Ministers of Foreign Affairs of Niger:
Hamani Diori was the first President of the Republic of Niger. He was appointed to that office in 1960, when Niger gained independence. Although corruption was a common feature of his administration, he gained international respect for his role as a spokesman for African affairs and as a popular arbitrator in conflicts. His rule ended with a coup in 1974.
Souley Abdoulaye is a Nigerien politician. He served as the Prime Minister of Niger from 28 September 1994 to 8 February 1995. He later served in the government under President Ibrahim Baré Maïnassara as Minister of Transport from 1996 to 1997 and then as Minister of the Interior, in charge of police and internal security, from 1997 to 1999.
Aïchatou Mindaoudou Souleymane is a Nigerien diplomat and politician who served as the United Nations' Special Representative for Côte d'Ivoire and Head of the United Nations Operation in Côte d'Ivoire (UNOCI) from 2013 to 2017. Previously she was Deputy Joint Special Representative (Political) in the African Union–United Nations Hybrid Operation in Darfur (UNAMID) from 2011 to 2013.
Nassirou Sabo is a Nigerien politician. He was appointed as Minister of Economic Promotion in the government named on March 2, 1990. Later, he became the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Cooperation and African Integration in the government of Prime Minister Hama Amadou named on January 5, 2000, serving in that position until he was replaced by Aïchatou Mindaoudou in the next government, named on September 17, 2001. He is a member of the National Movement for the Development of Society (MNSD) and served as the party's Secretary of Economic and Financial Affairs.
Mohamed Bazoum is a Nigerien politician who is the current president of the Republic of Niger. He has been in office since 2 April 2021.
Maman Sambo Sidikou is a diplomat and a former Nigerien politician. He currently heads the Executive Secretariat of the G5 Sahel. From 2011 to 2014, he served as Niger's ambassador to the United States, and he oversaw U.N. peacekeeping efforts in the Democratic Republic of the Congo from 2015 to 2018.
Adamou Assane Mayaki was a Nigerien politician and diplomat. Mayaki was the Foreign Minister of Niger from 1963–1965, and a leading member of the ruling PPN-RDA party.
Abdou Sidikou (1927–1973) was a Nigerien politician and diplomat. Sidikou was the Foreign Minister of Niger from 1967-1970 under Hamani Diori.
The Republic of Niger has had seven constitutions, two substantial constitutional revisions, and two periods of rule by decree since its independence from French colonial rule in 1960. The current "Seventh Republic" operates under the Constitution of 2010.
The following outline is provided as an overview of and topical guide to Niger:
The 1974 Nigerien coup d'état was a largely bloodless military insurrection which overthrew the first postcolonial government of Niger. The government that followed, while plagued by coup attempts of its own, survived until 1991.
The 1999 Nigerien coup d'état occurred on 9 April 1999 and resulted in the death of President Ibrahim Baré Maïnassara and the installation of Daouda Malam Wanké as President on 11 April. Maïnassara was shot under unclear circumstances in an ambush at either Diori Hamani International Airport, potentially while attempting to flee the country, or at a military base, likely by members of the Presidential Guard.
The Nigerien Action Bloc was a political party in Niger in 1955 and 1956 led by Issoufou Saidou Djermakoye, a traditional chief and former chairman of the Nigerien Progressive Party (PPN).
Aïchatou Boulama Kané is a Nigerien politician. She served as Minister of Foreign Affairs of Niger from 2015 to 2016 and has been Minister of Planning since 2016.
Aissa Diori also known as Aïchatou Diori was the wife of Hamani Diori and the First Lady of Niger. She amassed a large wealth through corruption, including high-priced real estate. She was killed in the 1974 Nigerien coup d'état.
Niger competed at the 2019 African Games held from 19 to 31 August 2019 in Rabat, Morocco. In total, 43 athletes represented Niger in 10 sports and won two gold medals and one bronze medal. All medals were won in Taekwondo and the country finished 21st in the medal table.