The U.N. is warning that 18 million people in Africa’s Sahel region face severe hunger in the next three months, citing the impacts of Russia’s war in Ukraine, the coronavirus pandemic, climate-induced shocks and rising costs.
The Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) on Friday suspended Burkina Faso following a coup, but will not impose other sanctions for the time being, a participant at a virtual summit said.
Intercommunal violence and persistent attacks by terrorists, continue to undermine peace and security across West Africa, the UN’s top official in the region warned the Security Council, calling for sustained engagement with all partners to urgently advance a holistic approach to peace.
The West African Economic and Monetary Union has agreed with France to a number of changes to the CFA franc currency, including a new name, Ivory Coast’s President Alassane Ouattara said , as the West African bloc inches closer to a split from the French-backed currency.
Director General of the Strategic Economic Affairs Department at Foreign Ministry Fereyedoun Haghbin said on Fridady that the report on the visit of Foreign Minister Mohammad-Javad Zarif to West Africa will be presented to the First Vice-President Eshaq Jahangiri.