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The scene, Friday in Sochi on the 100th day of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, marked a significant step in Sall’s efforts to bolster Africa’s global political standing.

A large part of humanity is very attentive to what is happening in Ukraine, said Macky Sall, referring to the need to free up grain and fertilizer stocks.

I came to see you to ask you to realize that our countries, although far from the theater [de la guerre]are victims of this economic crisis. »

A quote from Macky Sall, President of theAU

Four months into his one-year term as President of theAUthe Senegalese leader is carrying out this diplomatic mission which is only one of the ambitious initiatives he has launched on the international scene.

He also called for the granting of two permanent African seats on the UN Security Council.UNpleaded for theAU join the G20 and demanded a reform of theOECD to extend the duration of loans to African countries.

Mr. Sall practices good leadership to ensure that the voice of the African continent is heardsaid Alioune Tine, founder of the Afrikajom think tank in Dakar.

Mr. Sall’s mission in Europe is unprecedentedaccording to him. It is normally the Europeans who get involved in African wars. If Africans mediate, that’s a great thing.

A dozen African countries, including Senegal, depend on Russia and Ukraine for at least half of their wheat imports, according to the CAM.

An agronomist at a sugar beet seed plantation in Ukraine.

Ukraine, referred to as the “breadbasket” of Europe, is a major exporter of wheat, barley and other cereals, sugar beets and sunflower oil.

Photo: Getty Images/Joe Raedle

Several African countries are feeling the combined effects of delayed grain exports and rising fuel prices.

During a recent press conference with German Chancellor Olaf Scholz, Sall said African countries were deeply divided on the Ukrainian conflict. He reiterated calls for a ceasefire.

We want peace even if we condemn the invasion [russe]he said, although he himself was reluctant to condemn Russian aggression outright.

Senegal abstained on March 2 in a vote of the General Assembly of theUN to demand that Russia immediately cease the use of force against Ukraine.

The country then voted on March 24 for a second resolution demanding that Russia end the war immediately.

A Ukrainian warehouse containing a lot of wheat.

A wheat warehouse in the village of Luky in western Ukraine in March

Photo: Associated Press/Nariman El-Mofty

Nearly half of African countries abstained or did not speak in both votes.

Russia has made inroads in Africa through military alliances and arms deals.

In 2019, Russian President Vladimir Putin hosted dozens of African leaders in Sochi in a bid to reassert Russia’s influence on the continent.

Mr. Sall, who had been invited by Russia on Friday, also spoke by telephone with Mr. Putin on March 9. On April 11, he had a telephone conversation with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky.

L’AU must organize a video address with Mr. Zelensky after the Sall-Putin meeting.

On Saturday, Mr. Sall is due to attend an ECOWAS summit in Accra.

He was also invited to the next summit of the G7 in Germany.

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In a recent speech to young African leaders, Sall said he wanted two permanent African seats on the Security Council, or a reform of the rules so that a single country could not veto decisions. He estimated that African issues account for 70% of Council business.

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Africa, which matters over a billion inhabitants, must have a sayestimated Mbaye Babacar Diop, a consultant based in Dakar.

Maintaining close ties with France and the United States, as well as relations with China, Israel, Iran and Saudi Arabia, Senegal has one of the most dynamic diplomats in Africa.

However, he has experienced internal crises since taking over the reins of theAU four months ago.

Last week, a fire at a hospital in the town of Tivaouane killed 11 newborn babies, forcing Mr Sall to cut short his attendance at an African summit to return.

His opponents fear he will exploit constitutional changes approved in 2016 to argue that a two-term presidential limit does not apply and run for a third term in 2024.

Those fears contributed to the anger expressed during protests in March 2021, the worst in years. Mr Sall said he would announce his decision after the July legislative elections.

Macky Hall must not neglect Senegalese problems, he must not neglect African problems, he must not neglect world problems, he must do everything at the same timesaid Mr. Diop.

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