Angela Merkel to visit Senegal, Ghana, Nigeria

Angela Merkel to visit Senegal, Ghana, Nigeria

- German chancellor, Angela Merkel, is to discuss economic developments with Senegalese president, Macky Sall

- The German leader is expected in Nigeria on Friday, August 31, hold talks with President Muhammadu Buhari

- US embassy reopens Abuja office on Friday, August 24

German chancellor, Angela Merkel, will on Wednesday, August 29, tour three West African countries, paying visits to Senegal, Ghana and Nigeria.

Merkel is to spend August 29 - August 31, in the three countries, accompanied by an economic delegation, deputy government spokeswoman, Ulrike Demmer said on Friday, August 24, in Berlin, The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports.

Migration politics, particularly Merkel’s campaign to tackle the causes resulting in a stream of refugees to Europe, are likely to feature on the discussion agenda.

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Merkel is to meet Wednesday afternoon with Senegalese president, Macky Sall to discuss economic developments in the country and regional cooperation.

In the evening she will meet with civil society representatives.

Then it’s onto the Ghanaian capital of Accra to meet President Nana Akufo-Addo, on Thursday, August 30, to discuss economic affairs and foreign policy.

The chancellor is also to take part in a German business-organised round table that will focus on private investment linked to the G20 compact with Africa initiative.

Finally, Merkel is to head to Nigeria on Friday, August 31,to meet with the president of the ECOWAS economic alliance of West African states, Jean-Claude Brou.

She will hold talks with Nigerian President, Muhammadu Buhari.

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NAN reports that on October 7, 2016, Merkel visited three African countries before hosting leaders from Chad and Nigeria for talks in Berlin, as she seeks ways to stem a migrant influx to Europe.

Merkel first traveled to Mali and Nigeria before heading to Ethiopia where she is to visit the headquarters of the African Union in the capital, Addis Ababa.

Her talks with leaders of all three countries are to focus on migration issues and the battle against terrorism.

Meanwhile, the US embassy has disclosed that it will be reopening its Abuja’s consular section on Friday, August 24, for full services for both visas and American Citizen Services (ACS).

The embassy made the disclosure in a message on its website on Monday, August 20, reports.

The embassy expressed regret for the inconvenience the interruption of its services in Abuja caused.

It however noted that its consular functions at the US consulate in Lagos was never affected by the brief closure of its Abuja office.

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