French President Emmanuel Macron is organizing this Saturday, October 30, an informal meeting between heads of state and European organizations and heads of state and African organizations, at the Palazzo Farnese in Rome, on the sidelines of the G20 summit.
The objective of this meeting will be to prepare the EU-Africa Summit which will take place under the French Presidency of the Council of the European Union, in the first half of 2022. The French President
indeed hopes that the formation of a new partnership between the two continents, based on the basis of reciprocity, will be a priority for the French presidency. This will include deepening Euro-African cooperation on global issues, but also in the areas of economics, mobility and security.
This Euro-African partnership will be able to build on the strong human links that exist between the two continents, and on the vitality of European and African civil societies, as illustrated during the New Africa-France Summit in Montpellier on October 8, 2021.
Mr. Paul KAGAME, President of the Republic of Rwanda will be present at this meeting; Mr. Félix TSHISEKEDI, President of the Democratic Republic of Congo and President in office of the African Union; Mr. Moussa FAKI, Chairman of the African Union Commission; Ms Angela MERKEL, Chancellor of the Federal Republic of Germany; Mr. Pedro SANCHEZ, President of the Government of the Kingdom of Spain; Mr. Mark RUTTE, Prime Minister of the Kingdom of the Netherlands; Mr. Charles MICHEL, President of the European Council; Mrs. Ursula VAN DER LEYEN, President of the European Commission;
Mr. Macky SALL, President of the Republic of Senegal and Mr. Cyril RAMAPHOSA, President of the Republic of South Africa, will participate by videoconference.
Note that on October 29, on the eve of the informal meeting with African heads of state, a bilateral summit was held between Emmanuel Macron and his American counterpart, Joe Biden, an opportunity for both parties to
reaffirm their determination to strengthen bilateral and transatlantic cooperation in the service of peace, security and prosperity throughout the world. This meeting is part of the in-depth consultations announced in their joint statement of September 22 aimed at putting in place the conditions to guarantee confidence.
France and the United States will increase their cooperation in the Sahel region. Therefore, the United States has committed additional resources to the Sahel to support counterterrorism efforts led by France and other European states. The two Presidents instructed their teams to strengthen their bilateral consultations (complemented by their ongoing collaboration with African States and organizations as well as
than with other European partners) aimed at supporting a comprehensive and sustainable approach to this region. In addition, France and the United States will seek ways to increase multilateral support for the G5 Sahel, its member states and MINUSMA.
The two countries share the same point of view on the importance of the International Conference on Libya in Paris on November 12, in view of the elections to be held in that country on December 24.