Merkel to stem mi­grant in­flux

The Star Early Edition - - INTERNATIONAL -

BERLIN: Ger­man Chan­cel­lor An­gela Merkel was set to host African leaders in­clud­ing Egypt’s Ab­del-Fat­tah al-Sisi and AU chief Al­pha Conde yes­ter­day to talk about re­duc­ing poverty and con­flict ahead of a G20 sum­mit in Ham­burg next month. Merkel will talk to leaders of coun­tries in­clud­ing Tu­nisia, Rwanda, Sene­gal, Ivory Coast and Ghana about an ini­tia­tive to team up African na­tions com­mit­ted to eco­nomic re­forms with pri­vate in­vestors who would bring busi­ness and jobs to the con­ti­nent. Berlin is in­ter­ested in al­le­vi­at­ing poverty in African coun­tries whose cit­i­zens have been among the hun­dreds of thou­sands to ar­rive in Ger­many as asy­lum seek­ers over the past two years. Ger­many took in about 890 000 mi­grants last year. Many thou­sands came from African na­tions in­clud­ing Ethiopia, Eritrea and Ghana.

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