Discussion Meeting
H.E. Dr. Isselkou Ould Ahmed Izid Bih, Minister for Foreign Affairs & Cooperation, Islamic Republic of Mauritania
Arundel House, London
Tuesdsay 25 April 2017, 3.30pm–4.30pm BST

Man on a cargo train in Mauritania. Credit: Flickr/Michal Huniewicz

The IISS Security and Development Programme is pleased to host a formal address by the Mauritanian Minister of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation H.E. Dr Isselkou Ould Ahmed Izid Bih.

A country at the crossroads between North and West Africa and a key player in the dynamics of the Sahel region, Mauritania faces the threat of terrorism. In this light it is no surprise that the country’s government is deeply involved in regional security efforts to curb and eventually eliminate such challenges. In the course of his address Dr Izid Bih will share details of the approach adopted by Mauritania at both national and regional level.

H.E. Dr Isselkou Ould Ahmed Izid Bih is the Minister for Foreign Affairs and Cooperation, Islamic Republic of Mauritania. A mathematician by training, he has held prestigious positions in both government and academia. He is the former President of Union for the Republic, Mauritania’s ruling party, the former Minister for Higher Education and Scientific Research and the former Director of the President’s Cabinet. He has also served as the President of the University of Nouakchott and Vice Dean of the Students Union at Ajman University, United Arab Emirates. He obtained post-graduate degrees in Mathematics and a PhD from the University of Orléans, France.


This event will be chaired by Virginia Comolli, Senior Fellow  for Security and Development, IISS. It will take place at 2-3 Bloomsbury House, London, WC1A 2RL.

Join us for tea and coffee from 3pm.

If you would like to attend, please RSVP to Kevin O'Sullivan.


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