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[PHOTO] Akinwumi Adesina meets with Kamala Harris in Paris

They met on the sidelines of a three-day Paris Peace Forum, at a dinner at the Élysées, Paris.

At the dinner hosted by French President, Emmanuel Macron on Nov. 11, the African Development Bank (AfDB) CEO, Akinwumi Adesina, had a chance tete-a-tete with US Vice President, Kamala Harris, during which they posed for a colourful photograph.

It was by no means a social meeting as nations gathered in Paris to discuss Libya, which has its presidential elections on Dec. 24, 2021.

The world envisages the elections as a key moment in a U.N.-backed peace process to end a decade of chaos.


This conflict has drawn in regional powers and undermined Mediterranean stability since the death of Muammar Gaddafi.

The votes for a new president and parliament are still in doubt with six weeks to go.

There have been reports of disputes between rival Libyan factions and political bodies over the rules concerning the elections.

Leaders from over 20 countries including France, Libya, Germany, Italy, Egypt, and the U.S. and agencies like AfDB convened to work out a peace process for Libya at the Paris Peace Forum.


Akinwumi Adesina, who had spoken at the COP26 climate-change summit in Glasgow, Scotland, also attended the Paris meeting.

Kamala Harris led a U.S. charge to the meeting to announce the U.S. was back on world stage.

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