New York

28 September 2013

Readout of the Secretary-General’s meeting with H.E. Mr. Nassirou Bako Arifari, Minister for Foreign Affairs, African Integration, Francophonie, and Beninese Abroad of Benin

The Secretary-General met today with H.E. Mr. Nassirou Bako Arifari, Minister for Foreign Affairs, African Integration, Francophonie, and Beninese Abroad of Benin.  They discussed national efforts towards good governance and socio-economic development.  The Secretary-General reiterated his appreciation for the key role Benin has been playing since 2011 to raise the international community’s awareness of the threat of piracy in the Gulf of Guinea.  They also discussed the situations in Mali and the Sahel.