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General News of Monday, 30 July 2018

Source: citinewsroom.com

Akufo-Addo leaves for 53rd ECOWAS summit in Togo

President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo left Ghana on Sunday, 29th July 2018, to attend the 53rd Ordinary Session of the Authority of Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) Heads of State and government, which is being held in Lome, Togo.

The meeting of the Heads of State will take place from 30th to 31st July, 2018, and will among others, witness the election of a new Chairperson of ECOWAS.

President Akufo-Addo was accompanied by the Minister for Foreign Affairs, Shirley Ayorkor Botchwey and some officials at the presidency and the Foreign Ministry.

Suspend protests, continue dialogue – Nana Addo to Togo opposition

President Nana Akufo-Addo, who has been one of the mediators in Togo’s political crisis, recently urged Togo’s political actors to continue working towards a resolution in the impasse.

In the plea made alongside Guinea’s President, Alpha Conde, dialogue and consultation was noted as the way forward in the political tensions.

President Akufo-Addo and President Conde also appealed to the opposition to suspend street demonstrations during the dialogue.

In a communique issued after one of the meetings between the Togolese government, the ruling party and the Coalition of 14 opposition parties in Togo, the two Presidents, acting as co-facilitators of the dialogue process, expressed their satisfaction about the discussions so far.