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Merkel to visit Africa for economic development talks

AFP · 10 Jul 2011, 11:02

Published: 10 Jul 2011 11:02 GMT+02:00

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A group of German business leaders will join Merkel on a two-day trip to Kenya, Nigeria and Angola from Tuesday, her second Africa tour since becoming chancellor in 2005.

"I want to show that Germany takes very seriously the development of the African continent," Merkel said in a weekly statement published on her office's website Saturday.

"Germany wants to play a supportive role," the statement said, explaining that Merkel will visit "three large economies facing major problems in establishing stable political structures."

In Kenya, Merkel is scheduled to meet President Mwai Kibaki, and plans to promote renewable energy, an area where Germany is a world leader.

The chancellor will discuss cooperation in the raw material sector in Angola, a country that relies heavily on petroleum exports, the statement said.

Angola's blooming oil industry has helped the country establish one of the highest annual economic growth rates in Africa.

Merkel, who is set to return to Germany on Thursday, will also meet with Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan.

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A source within Merkel's office said some economic cooperation agreements would be signed on the trip.

The German leader is also expected to discuss reforms on the UN Security Council, where Africa is lobbying for two permanent seats.

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15:46 July 10, 2011 by hOU
Nice, Africa needs more heavy weaponry ...

Go girrrrl!
16:15 July 10, 2011 by FIUMAN
Yeah, maybe Angie can sell some tanks to South Sudan and they can watch them rust as they starve to death. Hey Angie, how about visiting Darfur and speaking up about the genocide that is going on there? How about speaking out against the aggressive form of Islam in east Africa that seeks to murder, rape and destroy all religions and cultures in its way? Oh, sorry, that would require some cajones, something sorely lacking in German foreign policy. Keep trying to sell those windmills to Africans who will let them rot the first time they break down.
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