Joint Statement on Togolese President’s Friendship, Working Visit to Mauritania

Nouakchott,  14/10/2021
The two-day friendship and working visit of the Togolese President, His Excellency Faure Gnassingbe, to Nouakchott was crowned by the following final statement.

At the invitation of His Counterpart and Brother, His Excellency Mr. Mohamed Ould Cheikh El Ghazouani, President of the Islamic Republic of Mauritania, His Excellency Mr. Faure Essozimna GNASSINGBE, President of the Togolese Republic, Head of State, paid on 13-14 October 2021, a friendly and working visit to Mauritania, at the head of a large delegation comprising several ministers and senior officials.

This visit is part of the excellent relations of friendship and cooperation between the two countries. It reflects the common will of the two Presidents to consolidate and further strengthen, through regular consultation and permanent dialogue, the historical bonds of friendship and fraternity which unite the brotherly Mauritanian and Togolese People.

During this visit, the two Presidents had a one-to-one meeting which was an opportunity to review bilateral relations as well as sub-regional, continental, and international issues of common interest.

The two Heads of State also had a working session extended to members of their delegations, which highlighted a broad convergence of points of view on all the subjects discussed.

HE Mr. Mohamed Ould Cheikh El Ghazouani and HE Mr. Faure Essozimna GNASSINBE welcomed this convergence of views and, bilaterally, reaffirmed their firm will to do everything possible to develop and enhance the cooperation relations between the two countries in the interest of their two brotherly people.

At the multilateral level, the two Heads of State reminded the international community of the urgency of providing African countries with the vaccines needed to deal with the COVID-19 pandemic.

They also stressed the need to write off African debt to create the conditions for a rapid and sustainable post-COVID economic recovery.

In addition, the two Heads of State expressed their deep concern over the violence in the Sahel sub-region and the risk of its spread to neighboring countries.

At the same time, they also reaffirmed the need to strengthen the commitment of the international community to support the G-5 Sahel in its fight against terrorism and violent extremism, as well as in its efforts to build sustainable and inclusive development.

The two Heads of State discussed thoroughly the major risks linked to climate change and recalled that Africa, which nevertheless contributes very little to greenhouse gas emissions, is however the first victim.

They renewed their firm will to actively contribute to the fulfillment of international commitments in terms of promoting clean energy and mitigating the effects of climate change.

In view of the Cop26 and the World Leaders' Summit, to be held in Glasgow, Scotland, next November, the two Presidents appealed to industrialized countries to do everything in their power to contribute, in a significant way, to the reduction of greenhouse gases as well as the promotion of renewable energies.

At the end of his visit, His Excellency President Faure Essozimna GNASSINGBE, expressed his warm thanks and deep gratitude to His Counterpart, His Excellency President Mohamed Ould Cheikh El-Ghazouani, to His Government, and to the Mauritanian People, for the fraternal welcome, generous hospitality, and marks of attention which he and his delegation received throughout their stay.

His Excellency President Faure Essozimna GNASSINGBE extended an invitation to His Counterpart and Brother, His Excellency President Mohamed Ould Cheikh El Ghazouani, to pay a visit to the Togolese Republic soon. This invitation was accepted with great pleasure and the date of this visit will be fixed later through diplomatic channels.

This joint statement is drawn up in two versions, Arabic and French, both texts being equally authentic.

Done in Nouakchott, 14 October 2021
Pour le Gouvernement de la

For the Government of the Islamic Republic of Mauritania
For the Government of the Togolese Republic

H.E.M ANTOINE Lékpa GBEGBENI, the Minister of Agriculture, Livestock and Rural Development.

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