World Bulletin/News Desk
French Defense Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian on Thursday paid a visit to Madama, a region in the northernmost part of Niger on the border with Libya and the site of a French military base.
Le Drian should have started a visit to Niamey, the capital and the largest city in Niger, on Friday, but he paid a surprise visit to the military base in Madama.
At the base, which is still being established, the French minister met with around 100 French military personnel.
Madama is the second military base to be established by France in Niger. In early 2013, France established an air force base in Niamey following French military intervention in northern Mali.
The base contains drones used by the French army for surveillance purposes in the African Sahel region.
During his visit to Niger in July of last year, French President François Hollande said French troops based in Niger would not military intervene in Libya.
The French Defense Minister is expected to meet with Niger's President Issoufou Mahamadou on Friday before the French official pays a visit to the French base in Niamey.
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