Three days, three countries – Why Scholes travel to Africa, not Kiev – Politics Abroad

The Chancellor is actually expected in Kiev, in Ukraine. But Olaf Scholz (63, SPD) flies to the African continent. Three days, three countries.

On Sunday morning, just after 7 p.m., he boarded a government flight to his first station in Senegal. From there we proceed to Niger, then to South Africa on the third day.

Why Africa instead of Ukraine?

First, there is the stubbornness of the Chancellor. He says “no” as stubbornly as the opposition and the media are finally calling for him to travel to Kiev. He will not be able to communicate by phone with President Volodymyr Zhelensky (44) unless he has something definite to discuss with the Ukrainian government in Kiev.

Putin’s war is the subject of Sholes’ trip to Africa

Then there is a lot to do with his tour of Africa with Ukraine and the Russian dictator Vladimir Putin (69) – the war in Ukraine was the subject of Sholes’ trip to Africa.

People in Africa are already feeling the effects – energy prices and wheat shortages. Senegalese President Maggie Sal (60) has called for a ceasefire in Ukraine so that Russia can export grain reserves that have been blocked. He also announced that he would be traveling to Moscow and Kiev for the African Union in the coming weeks.

Coming to wheat, Scholz promised: “We will do everything we can to ensure that exports from Ukraine are still successful.”

︎ President Kremlin seeks to form a global coalition against the dictator. He wants to isolate him to increase pressure on Putin to withdraw his troops and tanks from Ukraine.

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Scholes anxiously noted at the UN General Assembly who refused to condemn Putin’s brutal war of aggression. There were only 40 countries in number, but they represent billions of people. Because democracies like India, Indonesia, Senegal and South Africa do not want to oppose Putin along with dictatorial countries like China.

Sunday with President Olaf Scholes and Senegal President Maggie Sol. Germany hopes Senegal to tackle global challengesPhoto: Michael Shipler / DPA

“We face dramatic global challenges,” Scholz said in Senegal on Sunday, adding that the three mega problems are war and climate change in the Corona, Ukraine. “We must act quickly to ensure that these crises do not provoke new sources of fire.”

Every country counts, Germany trusts Senegal. The signal of democracies should emerge from the G7 summit in Elma.

India, Indonesia, Senegal, South Africa and Argentina have been invited as guests to the G7 summit.

Scholes, who will chair the G7 this year, the president of the Club of Economically Strong Democrats, embarked on a mission: he invited Argentina to host the G7 summit in Schloss in June, in addition to India, Indonesia, Senegal and South Africa. Elmaw.

There, against the backdrop of the Bavarian mountains, he wants to tie the four countries together with the West and join the anti-Putin coalition. As a mark of respect, he has previously traveled to Senegal and South Africa.

In Senegal, considered Africa’s model democracy, Scholes met with President Road and opened a photovoltaic system with him. There are 55,000 solar modules spread over 20 hectares south of the capital Tucker – Germany backs the project with 52 million euros.

In terms of energy, Senegal and Germany want to work together. Sal announced that his country, which has a large natural gas field on its shores, could produce 2.5 million tons of LNG and sell it to Europe from 2023. Not only does Germany want to work with Tucker on solar energy, but Scholes has promised “as far as LNG is concerned”.

In South Africa he will meet President Madame Cyril Ramaphosa, 69, in Pretoria on Tuesday. Scholes then went to the former prison “No. 4” in Johannesburg, where Mahatma Gandhi and Nelson Mandela were imprisoned.

Between Senegal and South Africa, Scholes is stranded in unsupported Niger. And there – at least indirectly – about Putin.

The Chancellor flies to Delhi on an A400M military transporter. There, the elite of Pandit Ware are training “Mission Gazelle” for the 41st Battalion of the Nigerian Special Forces. They control the border with Mali, a key part of the Islamic State militant group.

As for Germany, Niger is a security anchor in the region where Islamists continue to carry out terrorist attacks and occupy territories. So far, in the war on terror, Bundeswehr has trained armed forces in neighboring Mali.

The task ends in Mali, where the military government was involved with Putin’s mercenaries, the Wagner Troops, after their coup. Putin is trying to gain influence in the region.

In Niger, Scholz will meet Bundeswehr soldiers on foreign missions for the first time as president. Visiting troops is also a signal: Scholz has largely lost power to Defense Minister Christine Lambrecht and will make all the decisions on the 100 billion package for the Bundeswehr himself.

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