The 32nd Summit of Heads of State and Government of the African Union (AU) closed in this capital on Monday, after an opening day that marked the conclusion of Rwandan President Paul Kagame at the helm of the regional bloc.
Kagame handed over the AU leadership to Egyptian President Abdul Fattah Al-Sisi, as part of the protocol dynamics of the summit, held in Addis Ababa after preparatory and constitutional meetings.
In his speech, Kagame welcomed the leaders of the Democratic Republic of Congo (Felix Tshisekedi) and Madagascar (Andry Rajoelina) in the organization, in addition to congratulating the representatives of Guinea Bissau, Botswana and Zambia for approving the Continental Free Trade Area.
Al-Sisi, in turn, noted that he will work to promote unity among the States in the fight against terrorism and extremism, scourges which he described as ‘the biggest threats’ for Africa.
He also called to activate democratic resources always to solve any conflicts, and favored promoting job creation, particularly for young people.
Another transcendental moment was the speech by United Nations Secretary General Antonio Guterres, who expressed willingness to strengthen cooperation with the AU and demanded special attention on African displaced people and refugees.
Guterres also congratulated the African peoples and government for keeping ‘the borders, doors and hearts open to millions of needy people’ despite latent social, economic and security challenges.
AU Commission Chairman Moussa Faki Mahamat; the director of the World Health Organization (WHO), Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus; and FIFA President Gianni Infantino, among others, also took the floor at the Summit.
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Author: Agency Report