Faure Gnassingbé meets the French President

26/09/2012
Faure Gnassingbé meets the French President

The President of Togo, Faure Gnassingbé, met his French counterpart Francois Hollande in NY on Tuesday afternoon.

The two leaders discussed the Sahel crsis extensively and particularly focused on the Malian situation.

Mr. Gnassingbé discussed the ECOWAS project of sending a multinational military force in Mali but stressed that all African states would be welcomed to join the coalition.

Responding to the argument that a military intervention would violate Mali's sovereignty, Togo's President replied that half of Mali's territory was in the hand of terrorist organizations.

Francois Hollande declared he would support a resolution at the UNSC that would enable Mali to recover its territorial integrity and assured that France would support an African-led initiatives.

The two men also discussed terrorism and maritime piracy.

Regarding bilateral relations, Mr. Gnassingbé informed the French president of the preparations for the upcoming parliamentary and local elections in Togo. He expressed his wish that these elections would take place smoothly and transparently. 

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