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Chancellor Angela Merkel with African leaders at the opening of the G20 Conference on Africa in Berlin, June 2017. The continent was the focus of Germany's G20 presidency and numerous African heads of state came to the German capital / Photo: Bundesregierung/Schacht

Angela Merkel to visit Nigeria, Ghana and Senegal

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

Merkel is to spend Wednesday through Friday in the three countries, accompanied by an economic delegation, deputy government spokeswoman, Ulrike Demmer announced on Friday in Berlin.

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

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 to discuss economic affairs and foreign policy.

The chancellor is also to take part in a German business-organised roundtable that will focus on private investment linked to the G20 “Compact with Africa” initiative.

Finally, Merkel is to head to Nigeria on Friday to meet with the president of the ECOWAS Commission, Jean-Claude Brou.

She will hold talks with Nigerian President, Muhammadu Buhari on social and economic developments in the country.

dpa/NAN

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