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German chancellor begins three-nation Africa tour



German chancellor begins three-nation Africa tour

German Chancellor Olaf Scholz is on a three-day tour of Senegal, Niger and South Africa – his first trip to Africa since his election.

Germany is hoping to reduce its reliance on Russian energy, following the invasion of Ukraine.

Senegal is expected to become a major gas producer in the region.

Mr Scholz will also visit a solar power plant there.

Germany has invited Senegal, which currently holds the rotating chairmanship of the African Union, and South Africa to attend the G7 summit it is hosting in June.

Mr Scholz will visit German troops in Niger and discuss the lengthy battle against jihadists.

Niger has taken on a bigger role hosting European special forces since European relations with the military junta ruling neighbouring Mali deteriorated.