German Chancellor Angela Merkel / AFP PHOTO / THIERRY CHARLIER
German Chancellor Angela Merkel / AFP PHOTO / THIERRY CHARLIER

German Chancellor Angela Merkel will meet with African leaders beginning from Sunday, as she seeks ways to reduce influx of migrants to Europe.

The German Chancellor will first travel to Mali and Niger Republic before heading to Ethiopia where she is to visit the headquarters of the African Union in the capital, Addis Ababa.

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On Wednesday, a day after her return to Berlin, she will host Chadian President Idriss Deby.

She will then end the week by meeting with Nigeria’s President Muhammadu Buhari to discuss the African giant’s battle against Boko Haram Islamists.

“The well-being of Africa is in Germany’s interest,” Merkel told Die Zeit weekly in an interview ahead of the visit.

She argues that bringing more stability to Africa and improving living conditions on the continent would help reduce the numbers of people seeking to leave.

“Simply ignoring the reasons that are pushing people to migrate will not make the problem go away,” she warned.

Pointing to drought plaguing Chad as an example, Merkel said that “it does not mean that everyone who is in difficulties there can come to Europe as a refugee”.

“But we should be interested in whether 11 million people will have a livelihood or not,” she stressed.