Minister of Foreign Affairs, African Integration and Togolese Abroad in working visit to Washington in the United States of America

1- At the invitation of the US Secretary of State, Mike POMPEO, the Minister of Foreign Affairs, African Integration and Togolese Abroad, Robert DUSSEY, paid a visit to Washington.

2- During this visit, Minister Robert DUSSEY launched, alongside his peers, the Alliance on Religious Freedom initiative, “Religious Freedom Alliance”.

3- In his intervention, he recalled that religious freedom which is one of the difficult but essential conquests of democratic modernity, is in danger in many regions of the world and underlined that violent extremism, under its various ramifications , threatens this freedom.

4- In this regard, he demonstrated that the burning and vandalization of places of worship, the assassination of religious men are, among other things, threats which degrade our societies, the humanity of man and which manifestly translate an attempt to exterminate religious freedom, and of freedom all over the planet.

5- In addition, Professor DUSSEY praised the watch and regulation work that states in Africa do to guarantee the exercise of religious freedoms which are fundamental human freedoms before urging them further to protect the exercise of these freedoms against extremism and the terrorist threat.

6- Specifically addressing the case of Togo, Minister DUSSEY stressed that religious freedom is a right enshrined in the fundamental law.

7- Also, the Minister said that in Togo, religious denominations have the right to organize and freely exercise their activities in accordance with the law and the principle of secularism and non- discrimination based on religion and that the country set up on May 15 an Interdepartmental Committee to prevent and fight against violent extremism and a strategy to prevent and fight against violent extremism which aims to protect compatriots from threats and protect the free expression of individual freedoms including religious freedoms.

Done in Washington, February 05, 2020

Meeting between H.E. Robert Dussey from Togo and his Finnish counterpart H.E. Pekka Haavisto


1. H.E. Robert DUSSEY, Minister of Foreign Affairs, African Integration and Togolese Abroad, ACP Group Head Negotiator, met His Finnish counterpart HE Pekka Haavisto, in Helsinki, on the sidelines of the High Level Groups meeting organized by the European Union, GIZ and the Republic of Finland.
2- During their meeting, the two Ministers exchanged views on questions of common interest linked to their bilateral cooperation and their collaboration on regional and multilateral subjects, in particular the progress of the ACP-EU negotiations. and the fight against terrorism in the West African region.
3-Addressing bilateral issues, the two personalities were delighted with the excellent relations of friendship and cooperation that have united the two countries since May 12, 2010 and reaffirmed their readiness to collaborate closely for the deepening and the development of these links.
4- In this regard, they agreed to the imminent signing of a framework agreement between the Government of the Togolese Republic and the Government of the Republic of Finland with a view to strengthening their collaboration in the priority areas of the National Development Plan ( PND) such as information and communication technologies, agroforestry, organic farming, metallurgy, education and finance.
5- Examining development issues, Minister DUSSEY announced that Togo adopted in 2019 a National Development Plan articulated around three axes which concern the establishment of a logistics hub of excellence and a center first-rate business in the West African sub-region, the development of agricultural, manufacturing and extractive industries poles and the consolidation of social development as well as the strengthening of inclusion mechanisms.

6- In this regard, he invited the Finnish side to support Togo in the implementation of this plan, through the mobilization of Finnish investors.

Helsinki, January 31, 2020.

Signing of the framework agreement for cross-border cooperation and the Memorandum of security cooperation between Togo and Benin and the delivery of equipment to local communities in Grand-Popo, on December 23, 2019

Address by Prof. Robert Dussey

Dear Minister of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation of the Republic of Benin dear Aurélien AGBÉNONCI,

Minister of the Interior and Public Security of the Republic of Benin,

Dear colleagues Ministers of the Togolese delegation,

Distinguished guests,

Ladies and gentlemen,

The proximity between our two countries, Togo and Benin, is not only spatial. Besides the choice of nature to make our two countries immediate neighbors – nature doing nothing without reason tells us KANT -, deep historical ties link our two nations, but also fraternal links which constitute the background and the motivational basis of our cooperative relationships.

The facilities made available to the Togolese delegation since our arrival and the hospitality regime reserved for us convinces us of the excellence of the relations of friendship and fraternal proximity between Togo and Benin. I would like to take this opportunity to convey to His Excellency Patrice TALON, President of the Republic of Benin, the fraternal and friendly greetings from His Excellency Faure Essozimna GNASSINGBE, President of the Republic of Togo.

Ladies and gentlemen,

The cooperative relations of our two countries are at the heart of these meetings and our governments have made the best choice to work towards their densification. Our co-belonging to the same sub-regional space and our common dependence, sometimes common vulnerabilities and common challenges, impose action on relationships. Paul VALERY did well to qualify our epoch of epoch of meetings and relationships.

Our era is forcing people and states to come together and we have no choice but to cooperate and act together. Acting together, says philosopher Hannah ARENDT, is “inseparable from the appearance-common-of beings”, from the fact that we are together with others, from the fact that existence is co-presence and belonging to the world . Being together provides opportunities to act together and that is what we are doing right now. We have the power to act together and we act.

The framework agreement for cross-border cooperation and the memorandum of understanding that we signed today endow relations between our two States with new normative frameworks in an historic time when we need to cooperate more for development, to cooperate more for regional and African integration, to cooperate more for the security and stability of each of our countries and the sub-region.

More cooperation for development since our two countries have common challenges linked to the emergence, more cooperation for regional and African integration since a better integrated Africa can only be credible and audible on the world stage, more cooperation for security, a primary public good, the enjoyment of which conditions and promotes the realization of the fundamental human right of our populations and our developing States.

Ladies and gentlemen,

The West African sub-region is the framework for the presence of our states in the world – and if ARISTOTE is right when he puts the primacy of the Whole over the Party – we cannot deal with the problem of the internal security of our countries regardless of the security situation in the sub-region. National security requires endogenous efforts, but it also requires the governments of the subregion for cooperation and a coalition of means. Networking national security strategies is the solution today.

The fight against crime, maritime piracy, cyber-insecurity and terrorism and the action which they imply, on both sides of our borders, must be deployed within the framework of a shared vision of responsibilities which urges each party to work in a spirit of co-dependence and co-responsibility.

Our States deploy efforts in this vision by evolving their paradigms and conceptions of intelligence with the exercise in sharing of some of their traditional royal attributes and we are convinced that the option for the reinforcement and the acceleration of the impulses of cooperation cross-border is good because it is lucid and in tune with the spirit of the times.

Besides, the challenges are great and impose on us the need to intensify cooperation between our two countries. The Togolese government remains convinced that effective cooperation between the Togolese and Beninese security, intelligence and civil protection services will allow our two states to consolidate their respective capacities to respond to current security challenges. Faced with cross-border challenges, we need coordinated and effective cross-border action.

Thank you for your attention.

Official visit of the Secretary General of the International Organization of La Francophonie in Togo


At the invitation of His Excellency Professor Robert DUSSEY, Minister of Foreign Affairs, African Integration and Togolese Abroad, HE Ms. Louise MUSHIKIWABO, Secretary General of La Francophonie (OIF), paid an official visit to Lomé , from December 16 to 18, 2019.

This visit is part of the strengthening of cooperation relations between the OIF and Togo.

During her stay on Togolese soil, the Secretary General of the OIF was first received by the Head of State H.E. Faure Essozimna GNASSINGBE, at the Palace of the Presidency of the Republic. She took the opportunity to brief him on the activities of the Organization and welcomed the active cooperation between the OIF and Togo.

She then paid a courtesy visit to the Prime Minister and the Honorable President of the Togolese National Assembly.

A working session took place on December 17, 2019 at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs between the OIF delegation led by the Secretary General and the Togolese delegation led by the Minister of Foreign Affairs, African Integration and Togolese of the ‘Outside.

The work focused on strengthening cooperation ties between Togo and the OIF. The two parties first took stock of OIF’s achievements in Togo and then addressed future plans.

In terms of results, the two parties expressed their satisfaction with the projects already carried out and those in progress, in particular in the following areas:

  • French language, linguistic and cultural diversity;
  • Peace, Democracy and Human Rights;
  • Education, training, higher education and research;
  • Sustainable development, economy and solidarity.

With regard to linguistic and cultural diversity, the main program developed between the OIF and Togo concerns the Centers for Reading and Cultural Animation (CLAC), launched since 2000 with a network of eleven (11) Clacs, welcoming in average 350,000 people each year. A twelfth (12th) CLAC is being opened.

The OIF also funded the “School and National Languages ​​in Africa (ELAN)” program; supported the National School of Administration (ENA) in the organization of a first training of the teaching staff and implemented the French-speaking project of support for local development (Profadel / OIF) in several communes of Togo.

Regarding future projects, the Togolese side hoped that the actions of the OIF would be further strengthened in the field, especially digital, through the support of the OIF in the establishment of the Center for Artificial Intelligence at Togo so that it becomes a reference in French-speaking Africa.

The two sides finally welcomed the good quality of the cooperation relations between the OIF and Togo and undertook to further strengthen them.

The OIF Secretary General also visited the Palace of Lomé where she was very impressed by the quality works of art and congratulated the Togolese authorities for having renovated this palace.

Working visit to Algeria : Press Release





September 18 and 19, 2019

1- At the invitation of his counterpart HE Sabri BOUKADOUM, Minister of Foreign Affairs of the People’s Democratic Republic of Algeria, HE Prof. Robert DUSSEY, Minister of Foreign Affairs, African Integration and Togolese Abroad of the Togolese Republic, paid an official visit to Algiers on 18-19 September 2019.

2- During this visit, Minister Robert DUSSEY was received in audience by the President of the People’s Democratic Republic of Algeria, HE Abdelkader BENSALLAH.

3- He also had a working session with his Algerian counterpart during which the two ministers discussed issues of common interest, including cooperation between the two countries.

4. Minister DUSSEY congratulated the Government and the Algerian people for the responsible and peaceful conduct of the political situation in Algeria and wished for a successful resolution of the political process under way.

5- Referring to the long-standing friendship and cooperation relations between Togo and Algeria, which have been enshrined in several bilateral agreements since 1976, the two Ministers expressed their desire to work closely together for development and deepening of these relationships.

6- To this end, they agreed on the need to update agreements already signed, with a view to better adapting them to the current context and signing new agreements in areas that were not covered by the previous agreements .

7- The two ministers signed a memorandum of understanding on the periodic political consultations between the two countries and adopted a roadmap with the priority actions of their bilateral cooperation.

8. They also agreed on the forthcoming signing of several cooperation agreements in the fields of trade, transport, vocational training, higher education, communication and culture.

9- Minister BOUKADOUM also announced the forthcoming opening of a Lomé-Alger direct airline by Air Algérie.

10- Addressing development issues, HE Prof. DUSSEY recalled that Togo has adopted a National Development Plan (PND) in three areas that provides for 65% private financing and wanted the Algerian private sector to take advantage of the business opportunities that are offered in the framework of this Plan, by establishing partnerships with the Togolese private sector.

11- To this end, an Algerian-Togolese Business Council will be created and meetings between Togolese and Algerian businessmen will be organized to identify investment opportunities.

12- The two parties have agreed on the signing of a mutual visa waiver agreement for citizens holding diplomatic or service passports.

13- The Algerian side has also announced the forthcoming opening of a diplomatic branch in Lomé.

14- With a view to further strengthening the relations of cooperation between the two States, the two Ministers agreed on the need to prepare together an upcoming official visit of S.E.M Faure GNASSINGBE to Algeria. The date of this visit will be agreed upon through the diplomatic channel.

Done at Algiers on 19 September 2019

Visit of S.E.M Vellamvelli Muraleedharan, Deputy Minister of External Affairs of India to Togo

Press Release

1. On 5 September 2019, an Indian delegation led by Mr. E. Vellamvelli MURALEEDHARAN, Deputy Minister of External Affairs of India, made a working visit to Lomé.

2. The delegation was received in audience by the President of the Republic, HE Faure Essozimna GNASSINGBE.

3. She then had working sessions with HE Prof. Robert DUSSEY, Minister of Foreign Affairs, African Integration and Togolese Abroad, Mrs. Demba A. TIGNOKPA, Minister of Development Planning and Cooperation, Mr. Dèdèriwè ABLIBIDAMON, Minister of Mines and Energies and Mrs. Cina LAWSON, Minister of Posts and the Digital Economy.

4. This meeting enabled the Indian delegation to exchange with the Togolese Ministers on issues of common bilateral, regional and multilateral interest.

5. At the bilateral level, the two parties have welcomed the excellent relations of friendship and cooperation that have united Togo and India since 1980 and reaffirmed their commitment to work towards the development and diversification of those -this.

6. To illustrate these friendly relations, the Togolese side presented to the Indian delegation, an album of the postage stamps of the Togolese Post about India, its people and culture, as well as the personality of Mahatma Gandhi.

7. The Indian side announced the opening of an Embassy in Lomé in 2020.

8. The two delegations also agreed on the forthcoming signing of an agreement on the reciprocal visa exemption for holders of diplomatic and service passports of both countries, as well as the possibility for Togolese citizens wishing to surrender in India to apply for visas online.

9. In addressing development issues, the Togolese side recalled that Togo has recently adopted a National Development Plan (NDP) articulated around three axes and called on the Indian side to support Togo in the realization of the plan, through the mobilization of public and private investments.

10. Both parties have committed themselves to work to strengthen cooperation between the private sectors of the two countries.

11. In this regard, the Togolese and Indian Governments will support the chambers of commerce and other professional associations of businessmen of both countries with a view to signing partnership agreements.

12. In reviewing ongoing cooperation projects, both parties committed to accelerate the process of signing the Memorandum of Understanding for the extension of telemedicine to Togolese students and patients through the e-VBAB project.

13. India also committed to expedite the review of the Biometric Identification System project (Togo e-ID).

14. The two parties also agreed to cooperate in the mining and energy sectors, particularly through a project to electrify 350 rural localities.

15. In the fields of higher education and technical and vocational training, both parties undertook to increase their cooperation, particularly through the granting of scholarships by India to Togolese students.

16. With regard to multilateral issues, the Togolese side congratulated the Government of India for its joint initiative with France leading to the creation of the International Solar Alliance (ASI) and commended India’s efforts in the framework of the activities of this Alliance.

17. She also assured the Indian side of Togo’s determination to work for the development of ASI activities in Africa, within the framework of the Africa Region Vice-Presidency of this institution, which Togo has been providing since March 2019.

18. Stressing the importance for them to strengthen their collaboration in the framework of International Organizations, in particular with regard to the harmonization of their views on issues of common interest and their mutual support in the event of candidature to a position of a given organization, both parties have committed themselves to maintaining a permanent dialogue on these issues.

19. On the sidelines of this visit, HE Mr. Vellamvelli MURALEEDHARAN presented to the Diplomatic Club of Lomé a paper on India-Africa relations.

Done at Lomé on 06 September 2019

Togo – Norway: Robert Dussey meets his Mrs Eriksen Søreide in Oslo

The Togolese diplomat, Robert Dussey, met his Norwegian counterpart, Ine Eriksen Søreide, on Friday, 09 November in Oslo.

The discussion focused on economic cooperation, security and stability issues in Africa.

Mr Dussey participated yesterday at the Nordic-Africa Summit whose theme was the promotion of the blue economy, maritime activities and new energies. So many topics that interest Togo whose ambition is to become a logistics hub.

The Minister of Foreign Affairs was the guest on the morning of the Peace Research Institute Oslo (PRIO) for a conference on violent extremism and security challenges in West Africa.

Participants wondered about the role that can play preventive diplomacy.

Mr. Dussey was joined by Øystein H. Rolandsen and Jenny Lorentzen, researchers at PRIO. Founded in 1959, this institute conducts research on conditions conducive to peaceful relations between states. The PRIO analyzes how conflicts break out and how they can be solved, but also how companies deal with crises and crisis threats.

PRIO develops theoretical knowledge and refines research methodologies.

This academic excellence must have a significant impact on societies, say the leaders of the institute.

Cooperation : Visa exemption between Togo and the Centrafrican Republic

African integration is becoming more concrete. Togolese will go to the Central African Republic without a visa and vice versa. Togolese wishing to visit Central African Republic will no longer need visas. The foreign ministers of Togo and Central African Republic, respectively Robert Dussey and Charles Armel Doubane, signed an exemption agreement on Sunday in Lome.

This measure applies to all passports: ordinary, service and diplomatic passports.

[Interview] Robert Dussey : “Togo and Israel have very good bilateral cooperation”

Most Israelis would have trouble finding Togo on a map or name one significant fact about it. It’s a tiny country that rarely features in the Israeli headlines. And yet, it is one of the most pro-Israel places in the African continent. It is no wonder then that Togolese Foreign Minister Professor Robert Dussey begins his interview with the declaration that “I came here to reassure [Prime Minister Benjamin] Netanyahu that Togo will support Israel. Our support for Israel is constant.”

Officially the minister of Foreign Affairs, Cooperation and African Integration, Dussey is one of the strongest political figures in his country (and the entire continent). He thinks of Israel as his second home, both spiritually and politically. So much so, in fact, that he can’t even remember how many times he has visited Israel.

The reason for this deep connection with the people of Zion may lie in the fact that before he was appointed minister, for 10 years, Dussey served in a number of different roles in the Community of the Beatitudes. For this Catholic group, the welfare of Israel and the Jewish people is a top priority. Ever since he was a Catholic monk and to this day, Dussey recites daily prayers in Hebrew, maintaining a strong spiritual bond with Israel.

Dussey is 46 years old. He began his career in the academic world (he still works as a professor of political philosophy). During our interview, he spontaneously begins to sing the Shema Yisrael prayer in his community’s special tune. At another point during the interview, he mentioned Psalms 137:5: “If I forget you, O Jerusalem, let my right hand forget its skill.”

“I have a personal link with Israel,” he says. “I was a monk and I was a member of Community of Beatitudes that prays every day for the Jewish people. Every day we pray for peace for Israel and particularly peace in Jerusalem. On the weekend we celebrate Shabbat together, and after the prayer we share the Shabbat bread and sing Shabbat songs in Hebrew. If you have this spiritual link with the Jewish people and with Israel and you have to protect the Israeli people.”

“For me, the Israeli people and the Jewish people are, first and foremost, the people of God. It is a personal decision, it is my own conviction, and I will do everything for this conviction. I spent more than 10 years of my life praying for peace in Jerusalem, praying for the Jewish people and for Israel. For me, Israel is very important and I need to defend Israel and the people of Israel.”

The timing of Israel Hayom’s interview with Dussey was particularly relevant in underscoring Togo’s uncompromising support for Israel – it took place a day before the U.N. General Assembly voted on a resolution condemning Israel, but not Hamas, for Gaza border clashes. Dussey made it clear that the Togolese representative at the U.N. would go against the grain and, once again, be among the only envoys to vote against the resolution with the U.S. and Israel.

“I know in Togo we are courageous,” he says. “Everybody knows that Togo supports Israel every time. It is not the first time that we voted for Israel in international forums. In Geneva for example, at the Human Rights Council, Togo votes for Israel, it defends Israel’s position. It is our position, we defend it.”

Q: Where does this deep connection to Israel come from?

“Togo and Israel have very good bilateral cooperation and of course, it is growing stronger and stronger. Last year, we were supposed to host a summit, the first Israeli-African summit. Unfortunately, the summit was postponed. Togo received a lot of pressure from a lot of Arabic countries, and some African countries too. But I hope we will do it in the future.”

Togo was the only African country to vote with Israel and the U.S. to block a U.N. resolution condemning U.S. President Donald Trump’s recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital in December. Generally speaking, despite the fact that Togo has no embassy in Jerusalem, the country’s pro-Israel stance has significantly intensified in recent years.

But at the same time, Togo wants to retain its status in Africa (Togo heads the important regional body ECOWAS, which comprises 15 African countries, for example), so it makes sure to maintain good relations with its neighbors.

Q: Was there a strong backlash in Africa when Togo voted with Israel on Jerusalem at the U.N.?

“Of course, you know we received a lot of calls from different capitals in the world. They condemned our decision, but we this was the decision we made.”

Q: Do you think Togo has the power to influence other countries to support Israel in the same way?

“I think it is possible, but our vision is dialogue with all African countries, to know exactly what is happening in this region. What we need is peace in the Middle East and in Israel and everywhere in the world.

“Some African countries don’t know what is happening really in this region, but we are talking with them, we are trying to explain to our interlocutors and let them make their own decisions. We believe we will find peace when God decides.”

Q: Other countries often want to make use of Israeli expertise in defense, in the war on terror and in agriculture. Does Togo share that desire?

“Of course, we share a lot of things with Israel. We have good cooperation in our health sector and our agriculture sector. For example, just for our health sector, we inaugurated three weeks ago the first trauma center in Togo, one of the best in the West African region. … Our bilateral cooperation is very good.

“In Africa, and in Togo, we have enormous resources, but unfortunately we don’t have the expertise to exploit our resources. Israel has expertise, we have a lot of engineers and we need your expertise to come to Africa to help us with our resources.”

Q: The president of Togo has said that you want Israel to return to Africa and that African returns to Israel. What does he mean by that?

“I support my president. If I am here it is because he is one of the best friends of Israel. His vision about the cooperation between Israel and Africa is very good. For him it is very simple, we need the Israeli people to come back to Africa. Before 1980, Israel was in Africa, Israel had a lot of embassies in Africa, in Togo … but we need Israel to come back to Africa, Israeli businessman have to come back to Africa, Israeli business people have to invest there.”

Q: So how is it that despite the close bilateral relations, most Israelis don’t really know Togo all that well?

“Togo is a West African country; it is just one country among 54 African countries. We want to present Togo to everyone in the world, particularly in Israel. Maybe you can come, if you want to know Africa, it is a door to West Africa.”

Q: You are probably the only professor who is also a minister in the government. Does that put you in a better position to solve the problems, considering that you are a political theorist? Have you ever tried to implement academic theories in politics?

“I try to do my best. When you are in politics you need to shift from theory to practice. It is not easy when you have to work or take a position to defend Israel. But that is our decision.”

Q: Do you have an example of a theory you tried to implement?

“You know, my favorite philosopher is Emmanuel Kant – I did my Ph.D. on him, I teach him. One of the best books he wrote was ‘Perpetual Peace.'”

Q: Is it applicable here in this region?

“I think it is possible if you have the will to do something…”


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Press Release : Official visit of Minister Robert DUSSEY to Jerusalem

Statement of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Cooperation and African Integration

Jerusalem on June 12, 2018.

1- At the invitation of the Prime Minister of Israel, HE Mr. Benyamin NETANYAHOU, Minister of Foreign Affairs, Cooperation and African Integration HE Prof. Robert DUSSEY paid an official visit to Jerusalem on June 11 and 12, 2018;

2- This visit follows the visit by HE Faure Essozimna GNASSINGBE, President of the Togolese Republic, President-in-Office of ECOWAS from 7 to 11 August 2016 in Israel;

3- It should be recalled that during this visit, the Togolese Head of State and the Prime Minister of Israel agreed, in accordance with the so-called principle of “privileged relations”, to increase their mutual trust and to broaden their cooperation in other areas;

4- The exchanges between the Minister DUSSEY and the Prime Minister NETANYAHOU focused on issues of common interest of a bilateral and multilateral nature;

5- Addressing bilateral issues, Minister DUSSEY and Prime Minister NETANYAHOU welcomed the dynamism of the cooperation between their two countries and reviewed the great achievements of the decisions of the first major joint commission of cooperation;

6- In this regard, they welcomed the concrete and fruitful actions of the Israeli Agency for International Development Cooperation (MASHAV) in the development process of Togo, particularly in the health and agriculture sectors, and agreed to continue its efforts;

With Rabbi Shmuel Rabinovich, Rabbi of the Wailing Wall and Holy Places

7- They also noted the need to relaunch the work of the second major joint commission for cooperation between the two countries and to support the actions of the two governments in the fields of rural development, education, science and technology, community development, social protection and promotion, and the integration of women in the development process;

8- During this visit, HE Prof. Robert DUSSEY and his delegation had working sessions with the Director General of the Israel Agency for International Development Cooperation (MASHAV);

9- At the end of the exchanges, the two parties agreed on the upcoming visit to Lome of a delegation of Israeli experts for discussions with the technical ministries to better take into account the priorities of the Togolese government in accordance with the axes the National Development Program (PND);

10- Talking about the situation at the multilateral level, the Togolese Foreign Minister and the Israeli Prime Minister addressed issues related to the Syrian and Middle East crises, deploring the situations in this part of the world and calling on all stakeholders dialogue and restraint to preserve peace;

11. Concerning the resurgence of terrorism and acts of maritime piracy, they reaffirmed their strong condemnation and called for the pooling of efforts as well as the continuation of international cooperation with a view to their eradication;

12- At the end of his visit, the Head of Togolese diplomacy reassured the Israeli government that Togo is at its side and will always support it in the international bodies to which their two countries are members.

Signature of an association agreement between ECOWAS and Mauritania

The Togolese Minister of Foreign Affairs, Robert Dussey, President-in-Office of the Council of Ministers of ECOWAS, chaired on October 27 in Nouakchott the first session of the Association Council between Mauritania and the West African organization.

Mauritania and ECOWAS signed an association agreement last August in Lomé. The organization would have preferred Nouakchott to present a readmission dossier, but finally the solution of associate state status has been validated.

The country left the West African group 17 years ago.

The agreement became effective; It remains to set the terms and implementation before formal ratification.

The Council underlined the importance of this association which will contribute to increase trade between the States, to stimulate the investment and the development in Mauritania, underlines a statement published Sunday.

Mauritania should quickly join the Common External Tariff (CET) and the Trade Liberalization Scheme (SLE).

On the Mauritanian side, several personalities took part in the Association Council, including Minister for Trade and Industry Naha Mint Hamdi Ould Mouknass and Foreign Minister Isselkou Ahmed Izud Bih.

During his stay in Nouakchott, Robert Dussey was received by President Mohamed Ould Abdel Aziz.

Signature of an OpenSky Agreement between Togo and Mauritania

An OpenSky agreement was signed Friday in Nouakchott between Mauritania and Togo.

Specifically, Mauritania Airlines may provide direct links to Lomé and Asky by reciprocity to serve Mauritania.

Mauritania Airlines is expected to open a representation agency very soon in the Togolese capital.

The agreement was signed by Togolese Foreign Minister Robert Dussey and the Mauritanian Ministers of Transport and Trade. Mauritanian Foreign Minister Isselkou Ould Ahmed Izid Bih attended the ceremony.

This agreement is in line with the Yamoussoukro agreement on the liberalization of air transport in Africa.

The future Nouakchott-Lomé links will allow the development of bilateral exchanges to offer Mauritania a springboard for integration into ‘Espace Cédéao’. The country is an associate member of the West African organization.

Mauritania Airlines has a fleet of single aisle Boeing 737-800, 700 and 500. It serves Nouadhibou, Zouerate, Abidjan, Bamako, Casablanca, Conakry, Dakar, Las Palmas and Tunis.

The departure of a great friend of Togo

Nicolas Berlanga-Martinez, the European ambassador to Togo arrives at the end of his mission. A stay has been used to deeply anchor the relationship between the EU and Togo in terms of development aid, strengthening good governance or combating climate change

The Spanish diplomat has campaigned in the European bodies to ensure that Togo is given substantial support under the 11th EDF.

‘We are confident about the future of our relations with the European Union in the light of the solid milestones you have had to ask in recent years,’ said Foreign Minister Robert Dussey on Tuesday evening, A dinner in honor of Mr. Berlanga-Martinez.

Mr Dussey described the European representative as ‘a great friend of Togo’. He commended his presence and his dynamism.

‘You are leaving Togo with your head high in view of the spectacular achievements you leave behind,’ said the head of Togolese diplomacy.

Robert Dussey represents the head of state in Tehran

Iranian President Hassan Rohani, re-elected with 57 percent of the vote (more than 23 million votes in his favor) in the presidential election on May 19, received on Thursday the blessing of Ayatollah Khamenei the ‘Supreme Leader’.

The investiture ceremony took place in the Husseiniyeh of Imam Khomeini in Tehran.

Mr. Rohani was sworn in at the end of the day at a ceremony in which Iran invited foreign leaders.

Togo was represented by the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Robert Dussey.

The latter was received this morning by his counterpart Mohammad Javad Zarif. He was carrying a congratulatory message from President Faure Gnassingbe to Hassan Rohani for his re-election.

The letter also highlights the quality of relations between Lomé and Tehran.

The investiture ceremony took place at the Islamic Consultative Assembly.

The seventh Iranian president is expected to shortly present his government whose ministers must secure the confidence of Parliament.

Togo’s accession to the Commonwealth: “… We are optimistic for the rest of the process” (Robert Dussey)

Togo strikes at the door of the Commonwealth, the intergovernmental organization whose English is the common language. Togo has embarked on the process since 2014 and missions have multiplied in recent months in the Togolese capital. Is Togo really on the footsteps of Rwanda, the second African country to join the Commonwealth in 2009 after Mozambique?

For its heading “THREE QUESTIONS A”, Agence Savoir News approached Mr. Robert Dussey, Togolese Minister of Foreign Affairs.

Savoir News: Togo is fighting to join the Commonwealth. At the present stage, can we say that the dossier is evolving with “big steps”?

Robert Dussey: Thank you. I would first like to say that the evaluation process is done in four stages. This is the second time that a Commonwealth mission has been in Togo within five months. At each of their missions in Lomé, the experts met with several actors and institutions of the Republic. Everything went well.

In short, the issue of Togo is well on the way and we are optimistic for the rest of the process!

What are the advantages of Togo?

Togo is a politically stable country, where there is peace and democracy. In this respect, we have quite dynamic political, economic and social institutions capable of playing a regulatory role in terms of transparency and fairness to citizens.

Linguistically and culturally, Togo already has a strong English tradition, given that English is the second foreign language studied in the Togolese educational system, but also in trade. It should be noted that the Anglo-Saxon model is highly appreciated by the populations and Togo has strong relations with the English-speaking countries of the region, especially with neighboring Ghana and Nigeria.

Geographically, our country has a strategic position with enormous assets, including a deep water port, the only one in the West African zone, which opens up the countries of the hinterland (Burkina Faso, Niger, Mali).

Lomé is also a crossroads city of great international meetings, where there is a strong English presence. We therefore have indisputable assets for our membership in the Commonwealth.

The accession of Togo will give concretely what? (Eg diplomatic and economic).

Togo’s accession to the Commonwealth will enable it to integrate a large family of 52 friendly and allied states. Togo will have the opportunity to broaden the scope of its state relations and further diversify its relations of friendship and cooperation, making new friends and getting closer to its old friends such as Great Britain, Australia, New Zealand, and so on.

On the economic front, the Commonwealth, through the Technical Cooperation Fund (CFTC) and the Association of Commonwealth Countries, plays an important role in the economic and social progress of its members, acting on their pace of economic growth .

Togo which has a growth rate (5 to 6%) will be able to benefit from these channels to boost its economy. Furthermore, from a commercial standpoint, the Commonwealth constitutes a large external market (more than 2 billion consumers) for exports of Togolese national products. END

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Fourth session Togo-Ghana Joint Commission in Accra

The fourth session of Togo-Ghana Joint Commission opened on Thursday July, 27th in Accra. The Togolese delegation headed by Foreign Minister Robert Dussey also includes Security Minister Yark Damehame, his health colleague, Moustafa Mijiyawa, the Director General of the Togolese Revenue Office (OTR) and the police .

“This 4th session of the Mixed Commission reflects the commitment of our two countries to develop cooperation that fosters the development of our two peoples,” Dussey said at the opening of the meeting.

He said Togo and Ghana shared the core values ​​of democracy, stability, good governance and the fight against corruption.

The accession to the presidency of Faure Gnassingbé’s CEDAO should be an asset to boost bilateral trade, said the head of Togolese diplomacy.

For two days, discussions will focus on defense and security, judicial cooperation, social action, tourism development, trade, territorial administration, telecommunications and customs cooperation.