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Akufo-Addo, Bazoum and Gnassingbé talk aid, trade and security in Brussels

By Jeune Afrique
Posted on Thursday, 10 June 2021 11:57

Nana Akufo-Addo (Ghana), Mohamed Bazoum (Niger) and Faure Gnassingbé (Togo). © JA : Francis Kokoroko ; Vincent FOURNIER/JA ; Togolese presidency

After attending the Paris summit on Africa’s economic recovery, Niger’s Mohamed Bazoum, Togo’s Faure Gnassingbé and Ghana’s Nana Akufo-Addo took advantage of their trip to make separate visits to Brussels. They discussed security, trade and aid; including the delicate transition in Chad after the death of President Idriss Déby.

The three leaders spent most of their time at the EU headquarters and at the European Council. Nigerien President Mohamed Bazoum met with the council’s president, Charles Michel, on the afternoon of 19 May to discuss security and development issues in the Sahel, as well as another matter at the top of France’s agenda: cancelling Africa’s debt.

President Bazoum also held talks with Josep Borrell, the EU’s High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy. The Nigerien delegation included Hassoumi Massaoudou (foreign minister); Ahmat Jidoud (finance minister) and Ibrahim Sani Abani (chief of staff to the president) – who formerly served as secretary general of the Community of Sahel-Saharan States (CEN-SAD).

According to our sources, in addition to meeting with over 20 European Parliament members, the Nigerien president also met with Jutta Urpilainen (international partnerships commissioner) and Janez Lenarčič (crisis management commissioner) on 20 May.