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

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