Terrorism top issue as German president heads to Nigeria, Mali

German President Joachim Gauck is due to discuss the fight against terrorism with President Muhammadu Buhari when he begins a four-day visit to Nigeria Monday.

The fight against Nigeria-based Boko Haram and other violent extremist groups requires a “comprehensive approach,” Gauck told the Nigerian newspaper Guardian.

“If we want to combat terrorism and violent extremism effectively and permanently, we also need to address its political, social and economic causes and to strengthen human rights and rule of law structures,” he said.

The visit is also aimed at strengthening economic and other bilateral relations.

Nigeria is Germany’s second-largest trading partner in Sub-Saharan Africa. Aabout 100 German companies operate in the west African country.

On Friday, Gauck is scheduled to leave for Mali, where he will spend seven hours on the second and last leg of his African tour.

Last update: Mon, 08/02/2016 - 11:49

More from Europe

Report: US and EU make "considerable progress" on TTIP negotiations

The European Union and the United States have made "considerable progress" in negotiating the Transatlantic Trade...

Mediterranean death toll exceeds 200 since January 1, IOM says

At least 219 people have died trying to reach Europe by crossing the Mediterranean in the first weeks of 2017, the...

Estonia, Lithuania sign defence deal with US after Trump bashes NATO

Estonia and Lithuania signed bilateral defence agreements with the US, just days after US-president elect Donald...

German artist fined 700 euros for doing push-ups on church altar

A 38-year-old man was fined 700 euros (750 dollars) by a German court on Tuesday for disrupting the practice of...

Putin accuses Obama administration of trying to delegitimize Trump

Russian President Vladimir Putin said Tuesday that the outgoing US presidential administration of Barack Obama has...