New EU envoy for Sahel appointed

LAGOS: FORMER Spain Ambassador to Nigeria, Angel Losada Fernandez, has been appointed the European Special Representative (EUSR) for the Sahel. His appointment comes amid the crisis caused by the Boko Haram sect. Losada replaces Michel Dominique Reveyrand – De Menthon, who was appointed in March 2013.

Losada, a senior Spanish diplomat with more than 30 years’ experience, will lead the EU’s contribution to regional and international efforts for lasting peace, security and development in the Sahel. He will also coordinate the EU’s comprehensive approach to the regional crisis, on the basis of the EU Strategy for Security and Development in the Sahel. EUSRs promote the EU’s policies and interests in troubled regions and countries and support the work the High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, Federica Mogherini.

EU has over the years pledged its commitment to end the Boko Haram crisis afflicting Nigeria and neighbouring countries. Losada is. He recently served as ambassador of Spain to Nigeria and Kuwait.