The UEMOA summit that ended on Monday night in Lomé was undoubtedly a great success for President Faure Gnassingbé. This meeting marks the final return of Togo on the African diplomatic stage. The Head of State was able to gather all of its counterparts in the organization, a first in many years.
Typically, the aggregate of the UEMOA and ECOWAS had only a handful of presidents who generally prefer to delegate the Prime Minister or the Minister of Finance.
But in Lomé, they were all there, Alassane Ouattara from Ivory Coast, Abdoulaye Wade of Senegal, Blaise Compaoré of Burkina Faso and even the president of Guinea Bissau whose trips abroad are rare.
It is true that Faure Gnassingbé had spared no effort to make this meeting a success. Phone calls to his peers, sending envoys and personal travel followed throughout the months of April and May.
The Togolese President visited Ouagadougou, Bamako and Dakar in order to convince his counterparts to attend the Summit in Lomé.
During his first term (2005-2010), Faure played profile fights in foreign policy for the sensitivities of each other in the region, but since his re-election in March 2010, he decided to revive diplomacy worthy of this name both in Africa and abroad, and the UEMOA summit is one of the examples.