Germany wants to intensively pursue gas and renewable energy projects with Senegal, its leader Olaf Scholz said, as he begins his three-day tour to Africa today.
Apart from Senegal, Scholz is scheduled to visit Niger and South Africa in his first visit to the continent since his election.
The European nation is hoping to reduce its reliance on Russian energy, according to the BBC.
The Chancellor kicked off the tour in Senegal, which has billions of cubic metres of gas reserves, on Sunday.
In Dakar, Chancellor Scholz announced Germany has initiated talks with the Senegalese authorities about gas extraction and liquified natural gas, reports Reuters news agency.
“It is a matter worth pursuing intensively,” he said in a press briefing with Senegalese President Macky Sall.
Germany has invited Senegal, which currently holds the rotating chairmanship of the African Union, and South Africa to attend the G7 summit it is hosting in June.
Scholz will travel later on Sunday to Niger, from where he will fly to Johannesburg on Monday evening for the final leg of his tour.
In Niger, the Chancellor plans to visit German troops in Niger and discuss the lengthy battle against jihadists, the BBC reports.
Niger has reportedly taken on a bigger role hosting European special forces since European relations with the government of neighbouring Mali deteriorated.
Featured Image caption: Olaf Scholz became chancellor of Germany in December