Togo: Commonwealth

Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office written question – answered on 22nd September 2022.

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Photo of Ruth Jones Ruth Jones Shadow Minister (Environment, Food and Rural Affairs)

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what discussions she had with her Commonwealth counterparts on the preparedness of Togo to join the Commonwealth of Nations.

Photo of Vicky Ford Vicky Ford Minister of State (Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office) (Minister for Development)

Togo was welcomed into the Commonwealth family by a consensus of all member states at the Kigali Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) in June 2022. Preceding this, a detailed four step readiness assessment was undertaken by the Commonwealth Secretariat. The Commonwealth Secretary General, Baroness Scotland, submitted this assessment to Commonwealth Heads of Government for consideration at the CHOGM Leaders' Retreat. Togo's accession was confirmed by the CHOGM Leaders Statement of 25 June. The UK welcomes Togo's accession to the Commonwealth, demonstrating the continued relevance and vitality of this truly global association.

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