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.

Working visit of Robert Dussey in Portugal: Press Release




The Minister of Foreign Affairs, Cooperation and African Integration of the Togolese Republic, His Excellency Prof. Robert Dussey, from 20 to 22 July 2017, paid a working visit to Lisbon, Portugal.

During his visit, Professor Dussey was received in audience by his counterpart from Portugal His Excellency Augusto Santos Silva to discuss issues of common interest to both countries.

The delegations of the two countries led by their Excellencies Santos Silva and Dussey then held a working session to discuss issues related to bilateral relations between Portugal and Togo and, on the other hand, Togo’s international agenda, which has assumed the current chairmanship of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) since June 04 for a twelve-month term.

At the bilateral level, the two sides reviewed the political and economic cooperation between Togo and Portugal. They congratulated themselves on the commercial plan for the opening of an airline between Portugal and Togo. Since the beginning of this week, TAP Portugal has been serving the city of Lome. With regard to political cooperation between the two countries, the two diplomats welcomed the regular exchanges between them and their convergence of views on international issues. On the economic front, Messrs. Santos Silva and Dussey agreed to work towards increased trade and investment promotion between the two countries.

Addressing Togo’s international agenda, the Head of Togolese diplomacy spoke in turn about the priorities of Togo’s presidency of the ECOWAS, maritime security in the Gulf of Guinea and Togo’s expectations for the 5th EU-Africa Summit to be held in November in Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire.

Professor Dussey therefore insisted on the wish expressed by the President of the Togolese Republic, His Excellency Faure Essozimna Gnassingbe, to make his mandate at the head of ECOWAS a mandate for action. To this end, four main priorities have been defined, namely:

To work towards the effective realization of the free movement of goods and people in the subregional space;
Organize an international conference on peace and the fight against violent extremism in Africa;
Organizing an economic forum between ECOWAS and partners;
Call for the establishment of an effective health system in West Africa.
Finally, Professor Dussey reiterated to his counterpart the holding in Lome of the Africa-Israel Summit from 22 to 26 October 2017 and the 33rd Ministerial Conference of the International Organization of La Francophonie from 24 to 26 November 2017.

His Excellency Santos Silva congratulated his host for Togo’s commitment to the development of Africa in general and to ECOWAS in particular through the concrete and courageous initiatives taken by its highest authorities. He assured him of the support of Portugal for the success of all these commitments. It also reiterated its willingness to implement the necessary efforts to further strengthen cooperation between Togo and Portugal.


Done at Lisbon on 21 July 2017

AIPAC 2017: Togo draws the outlines of a new axis of cooperation

AIPAC’s annual conference, The American Israel Public Committee, opened in Washington on Sunday with 16 000 participants from across the country.

US Vice President Mike Pence will speak in the evening. On Monday, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Nikki Haley, United States Ambassador to the United Nations, Paul Ryan, Speaker of the House of Representatives, and Nancy Pelosi, leader of the Democrats in the Senate, will be in attendance.

All the upper hand of American politics attends this convention and not only. Former British Prime Ministers Tony Blair and Canada’s Stephen Harper made the trip to Washington.

On Sunday afternoon, the Togolese foreign minister spoke to an audience of more than 6,000 enthusiastic people.

Questioned by journalist Frank Sesno (CNN, PBS), he recalled the commitment of his country alongside Israel. Support is manifested, in particular, through courageous initiatives in hostile votes in international organizations such as the United Nations.

Mr. Dussey seized the opportunity of his visit to AIPAC to clarify the objectives of the next Africa-Israel Summit to be held in Lomé from 23 to 27 October 2017.

‘The Togolese president used to say that Africa has problems and that Israel has the solution. The purpose of the Summit is to strengthen the links between Africa and Israel at the political, diplomatic and economic levels. The African continent is in full development and Israel has the solutions to accompany it in the sector of new technologies, education, health, agriculture, to name only these areas, ‘he said Explain.

Questioned by Franck Sesno on the role that the United States could play, Robert Dussey said that the ambition was to set up a new axis of cooperation between Africa, Israel and the United States.

Rwanda’s President Paul Kagame, who spoke on Sunday at the AIPAC forum, said the Africa-Israel Summit was an opportunity for the continent to broaden the circle of partners in a vision of shared prosperity.

The AIPAC convention will end on Tuesday.

PRESS RELEASE: Interview between the Secretary of the United Nations and the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Togo


His Excellency Prof. Robert DUSSEY, Minister of Foreign Affairs, Cooperation and African Integration, was received in audience in New York on 1 March 2017 by His Excellency Antonio GUTERRES , Secretary-General of the United Nations.

First of all, Minister DUSSEY, on the occasion of their first official meeting, on behalf of the Head of State, His Excellency Faure Essozimna GNASSINGBE , congratulated Mr. GUTERRES on his brilliant election to the post General of the United Nations, and to commend the leadership and commitment he has shown to bring a new dynamic to the United Nations system in addressing the many challenges facing the world, particularly those facing Africa.

During their meeting, the two personalities discussed various issues of international interest, such as international peace and security, maritime safety and security and the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals. 2030, including other current issues.

Addressing the issue of international peace and security, the Secretary-General expressed his determination to address the security challenges associated with armed conflict and terrorist acts and welcomed the active participation of Togo in various international initiatives , As one of the main contributors of troops to peacekeeping operations. In this regard, the Minister announced the Government’s decision to increase the number of Togolese soldiers in peacekeeping operations and reiterated Togo’s resolute commitment to support action to ensure a safer and more energetic world. peace. Mr. GUTERRES and Minister DUSSEY concluded their exchanges on this issue by expressing their deep concern about the security and humanitarian situation prevailing in South Sudan, Libya, the Central African Republic, the DRC, northern Mali, Burkina Faso , Syria, Yemen and other regions.

On the question of maritime security and safety, the Secretary-General welcomed the holding of the African Union Summit in Lome in October 2016, which resulted in the adoption of the Charter on Security and Safety Maritime security and development in Africa. Minister DUSSEY welcomed the support of the United Nations for this initiative and requested the assistance of the Secretary-General in order to speed up the process of appropriation of the Charter by the United Nations as an international legal instrument Which contributes to making the ocean a factor of economic development. He also welcomed the United Nations initiative to organize a high-level conference on oceans in New York in June and assured the interest of the Government of Togo in this meeting.

With regard to the implementation of the SDGs, they welcomed the September 2015 adoption of the Sustainable Development Agenda for 2030 as a comprehensive, ambitious and multidimensional program. The teacher. DUSSEY took this opportunity to express the satisfaction of the Government of Togo on the excellent relations of cooperation and partnership that so happily exist between Togo and the United Nations system in the process of implementing this program, while welcoming the Togo was selected as one of the two pilot countries in the SDG implementation process through, inter alia, the National Sustainable Development Plan (PNDD) and the Community Development Emergency Program (PUDC).

In this regard, the Secretary-General congratulated Togo on being one of 22 voluntary countries to present their national report on the implementation of the MDGs in 2016 during the High-Level Inaugural Policy Forum on Sustainable Development As well as its commitment to the same exercise during this year’s Forum to share experiences with other states.

Finally, the two Senior Officials pledged to continue consultations in order to ensure the continued support of the United Nations to the various projects initiated by the Government of Togo with a view to eradicating poverty in all its forms and accelerating economic and Inclusive development in order to leave no one behind.
At the end of the meeting, DUSSEY invited GUTERRES to make an official visit to Togo as soon as his agenda allows.

Robert Dussey among the 100 Africans of the year 2016

Three Togolese personalities are part of the African 100 of the year published by New African.

First, the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Robert Dusey. ‘It aims to give Togolese diplomacy a new lease of life through a more active participation of its country in the life of subregional and continental organizations in Africa.

Then, Awa Nana Daboya, the President of the Office of the High Commissioner for Reconciliation and Strengthening National Unity.

A magistrate of proven talent, trained both in Cameroon, France and the United States, she is known to the general public only by remembering her duties as president of the Electoral Commission during the 1998 presidential election, writes newspaper.

Last distinguished Togolese, Paul Apévon, the leader of the Democratic Forces for the Republic (FDR).

A practicing Christian, prompt to make pragmatic political concessions, this elected deputy in South Togo wants to embody, via the FDR, the change of the political class to which the Togolese people are calling, underlines New African.

This gallery of portraits draws a plural reality of a Togo in motion.

New African (english version) March 2017