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Three countries in three days: Merkel's Africa Mission

Chancellor Merkel visited Burkina Faso, Mali, and Niger - three poor countries, where the security situation is continuously deteriorating. Merkel wants to show that Germany and the EU supports them.

It is not long, because Angela Merkel has let the red carpet at the Chancellery roll-out: In February, the presidents of Mali and Burkina were successively Faso in Berlin.

kiss right, kiss on the left, all called by their first names. The Chancellor smiles as she turns to the "love of Ibrahim," Keita. This is just a sign of "the close cooperation that we call us so," jokes Angela Merkel. Niger's head of state, Mahamadou Issoufou received the Chancellor last summer in the Guesthouse of the Federal government to Schloss Meseberg. Merkel makes it clear: The Meeting with Western African heads of state are important to her.

Burkina Faso President Marc Christian Kabore visited Merkel in Berlin in February.

Financial and military aid

"I want to thank you, because Niger works very successfully in the fight against illegal Migration with us, and here, outstanding job," praises the Chancellor of Niger the President and promises that Germany wants to engage more. "Therefore, it must go Hand-in-Hand: on the one hand, the fight against illegal Migration, and on the other hand, development opportunities for the people in the affected regions."

in Germany and the EU give a lot of money for development aid for Niger 200 million euros came from Berlin last. Germany also supports the military operations in the Region, the growing terrorism in check. A little more than 800 German soldiers are stationed in Mali, Merkel will pay them in the "Camp Castor" in Gao, in Mali's desert a short visit.

last August, the Chancellor visited the Senegal and Ghana.

commitment is to the knowledge of

Thomas Schiller from the regional office of the Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung in Mali took this trip to Africa, the Chancellor is a signal, which arrives in the Region as well. "This is certainly something that will perceive the heads of state very, very positive."

Germany is involved since years with significant resources and significant personnel in the Region, says Schiller, and not just militarily. "I'm sure the trip will also serve to reaffirm Germany's commitment, and also to stabilize. Because it is clear that pure short-term approaches will not help, but you have to look for medium and long - term solutions."

As Angela Merkel, the last Time three years ago in Mali and Niger, called the Chancellor virtually to help: The countries should try to migrate to Europe to curb. From both countries the refugees themselves, although barely, but they were hubs for migrants from the South.

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