Gabon and Togo admitted into Commonwealth group of nations

Jun 24, 2022, 10:31 PM | Updated: Jun 25, 2022, 10:35 am
Secretary-General of the Commonwealth of Nations Patricia Scotland, second left, arrives for the Le...

Secretary-General of the Commonwealth of Nations Patricia Scotland, second left, arrives for the Leaders' Retreat on the sidelines of the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting at Intare Conference Arena in Kigali, Rwanda, Saturday, June 25, 2022. (Dan Kitwood/Pool Photo via AP)

(Dan Kitwood/Pool Photo via AP)

              Prime Minister of Lesotho Moeketsi Majoro arrives for the Leaders' Retreat on the sidelines of the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting at Intare Conference Arena in Kigali, Rwanda, Saturday, June 25, 2022. (Dan Kitwood/Pool Photo via AP)
            
              High Commissioner for Papua New Guinea Winnie Kiap arrives for the Leaders' Retreat on the sidelines of the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting at Intare Conference Arena in Kigali, Rwanda, Saturday, June 25, 2022. (Dan Kitwood/Pool Photo via AP)
            
              Minister of State for Foreign Affairs of Pakistan Hina Rabbani arrives for the Leaders' Retreat on the sidelines of the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting at Intare Conference Arena in Kigali, Rwanda, Saturday, June 25, 2022. (Dan Kitwood/Pool Photo via AP)
            
              President of Zambia Hakainde Hichilema, left, arrives for the Leaders' Retreat on the sidelines of the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting at Intare Conference Arena in Kigali, Rwanda, Saturday, June 25, 2022. (Dan Kitwood/Pool Photo via AP)
            
              From left, President of Sierra Leone Julius Maada Bio, Prime Minister of the Bahamas Philip Davis and President of the Maldives, Ibrahim Mohamed Solih arrive for the Leaders' Retreat on the sidelines of the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting at Intare Conference Arena in Kigali, Rwanda, Saturday, June 25, 2022. (Dan Kitwood/Pool Photo via AP)
            
              Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson, Rwanda President Paul Kagame and Secretary-General of the Commonwealth of Nations Patricia Scotland during the Leaders' Retreat executive session on the sidelines of the 2022 Commonwealth heads of Government meeting in Kigali, Rwanda, Saturday June 25, 2022. (Dan Kitwood/Pool via AP)
            
              Rwanda President Paul Kagame during the Leaders' Retreat executive session on the sidelines of the 2022 Commonwealth heads of Government meeting in Kigali, Rwanda, Saturday June 25, 2022. (Dan Kitwood/Pool via AP)
            
              Secretary-General of the Commonwealth of Nations Patricia Scotland, second left, arrives for the Leaders' Retreat on the sidelines of the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting at Intare Conference Arena in Kigali, Rwanda, Saturday, June 25, 2022. (Dan Kitwood/Pool Photo via AP)

KIGALI, Rwanda (AP) — The African nations of Gabon and Togo have been admitted into the Commonwealth group of nations.

“We welcome them,” Rwandan President Paul Kagame, whose government hosted a summit of Commonwealth leaders this week, told reporters Saturday.

Gabon and Togo are Francophone countries that actively tried to join the bloc of 54 nations. The Commonwealth’s titular head is Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II. Prince Charles represented his mother at the summit in Kigali, the Rwandan capital.

The admission of the two new members was a highlight of the summit. The meeting, which closes later Saturday, also raised more than $4 billion in pledges toward the fight against malaria and other tropical diseases.

The summit took place place at an uncertain time for the British monarchy as well as the Commonwealth, whose relevance is sometimes questioned.

Even as the Commonwealth appears attractive to prospective members, some existing member nations are discussing whether to remove the queen as their head of state.

Elizabeth is the head of state of 14 Commonwealth realms, but Barbados cut ties with the monarchy in November. Several other Caribbean countries, including Jamaica, say they plan to follow suit.

Charles told the summit Friday that “free” nations can make such decisions “calmly and without rancor.”

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Gabon and Togo admitted into Commonwealth group of nations