New York

24 September 2016

Readout of the Secretary-General’s meeting with H.E. Mr. Isselkou Ould Ahmed Izid Bih, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation of the Islamic Republic of Mauritania

The Secretary-General met today with H.E. Mr. Isselkou Ould Ahmed Izid Bih, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation of the Islamic Republic of Mauritania.

The Secretary-General stressed the United Nations’ continued commitment to support the efforts of the countries of the Sahel to combat instability and its root causes, including through the implementation of the United Nations Integrated Strategy for the Sahel.

He commended Mauritania for the legal measures taken to enhance social cohesion and offered United Nations support in strengthening national institutions for the protection of human rights and political dialogue, particularly in the run-up to the 2019 elections.