Merkel to stem migrant influx
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.