Sunday, May 19, 2013

Iran and Boko Haram Stir Trouble in Nigeria

"The president of the Islamic Republic of Iran Mahmoud Ahmadinejad will come for a two-day visit in our country beginning on Monday," according to a government statement read out on national television Saturday.

"He will lead a large delegation and both our nations will discuss cooperation and means of strengthening it," Iran's ambassador said after meeting Niger's President Mahamadou Issoufou.

Mohammad Nikkhah said the visit would yield "excellent opportunities that will benefit both peoples".

He did not elaborate but Niger is one of the world's top producers of uranium, which Iran has long been seeking to acquire for its controversial nuclear programme.

Investigations have also revealed that the Iranian leader is to meet secretly with leaders of Islamic sect Boko Haram who operate in the north of Nigeria.

Boko Haram have been in a fierce battle with the Nigerian state since 2009 and have claimed over 4,000 lives.


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