Home / International / International -- News Tools: Save | Print | E-mail | Most Read
Merkel, Blair Highlight Need to Help Africa
Adjust font size:

German Chancellor Angela Merkel and British Prime Minister Tony Blair on Tuesday promised to make African aid a key topic at the June summit of the Group of Eight (G8) industrial nations.

Speaking after a three-way meeting with Blair and former UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan, Merkel, who will chair the upcoming G8 summit, said that she would urge rich countries to fulfill previous aid commitments to Africa made at the Gleneagles G8 summit in 2005.

At that summit rich nations promised to increase aid to Africa by US$50 billion and wipe out more than US$40 billion of debt owed by poor countries.

"We have made clear there will be continuity. We are going to take things up where Gleneagles ended," she said.

Stressing that rich nations need to do much more to help Africa, Blair said if the industrialized world did not take responsibility, their own interest would be undermined as result of poverty, conflict, mass migration and the spread of terrorism.

Annan, who currently chairs the Africa Progress Panel set up to monitor rich nations' progress in helping Africa, said that his panel would not urge for new promises from rich nations but for the implementation of previous pledges.

"Unless we step up our efforts ... we will not make the target," he said.

(Xinhua News Agency April 25, 2007)

Tools: Save | Print | E-mail | Most Read

Related Stories
Africa-EU Talks to Focus on Development: COMESA Chief
G8 Expected to Invest in Proven Tools to Fight Diseases
Blair in Moscow for G8 Summit
Bush, Blair Pledge More Aid for Africa
EU Committed to Supporting African Integration Process
Recovery Plan Depends on G8 Backing
> Korean Nuclear Talks
> Middle East Peace Process
> Iran Nuclear Issue
> Reconstruction of Iraq
> 6th SCO Summit Meeting
- China Development Gateway
- Foreign Ministry
- Network of East Asian Think-Tanks
- China-EU Association
- China-Africa Business Council
- China Foreign Affairs University
- University of International Relations
- Institute of World Economics & Politics
- Institute of Russian, East European & Central Asian Studies
- Institute of West Asian & African Studies
- Institute of Latin American Studies
- Institute of Asia-Pacific Studies
- Institute of Japanese Studies
SiteMap | About Us | RSS | Newsletter | Feedback
Copyright © China.org.cn. All Rights Reserved     E-mail: webmaster@china.org.cn Tel: 86-10-88828000 京ICP证 040089号