“The Heads of State stressed the need for enhanced and effective cooperation between the two communities. Thus, they adopted the Lomé Declaration on Peace, Security, Stability and the Fight against Terrorism and Violent Extremism in ECOWAS-EACCA,” read the final communiqué at the end of the joint summit.
The one-day meeting, which follows the June 2013 meeting in Yaoundé, Cameroon, focused on peace, security, terrorism and other issues.
“The Heads of State also commit themselves to cooperate for peace and stability in both regions. They will put in place an early warning mechanism for threats,” the final communiqué added.
It said regional leaders have decided to meet annually in the margins of the African Union Summit and to hold a joint ECOWAS- ECCAS Summit every two years.
The next summit is scheduled for N’Djamena, Chad in 2020.