- Sisi, who was speaking at the opening session of the African Union summit, called for making all necessary arrangements for the success of this summit.
- Egypt will continue to be an extension of its historical role, and an essential support for strengthening the frameworks of joint African action.
- Secretary-General of the United Nations, Antonio Guterres, stressed the importance of the partnership between the United Nations and the African Union.
The leaders of the African Union countries, at the beginning of their 3-day summit in Addis Ababa, sought to enhance their participation in mediations in a number of armed conflicts that are tearing the continent apart. Egyptian President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi announced his country’s readiness to host an African summit devoted to discussing the formation of a joint African force to combat terrorism.
“Egypt is ready to host this special African summit both out of its sense of responsibility and its belief in the importance of such a force in establishing peace and security in Africa,” Mr. Sisi said. Sisi, who was speaking at the opening session of the African Union summit, called for making all necessary arrangements for the success of this summit.
The Egyptian President talked about the efforts made by his country during its presidency of the African Union during the past year, pointing to the efforts made to modernize the mechanism of the African Union to achieve the goals and rationalize the use of financial resources.
Sisi praised the fruitful interaction of member states with Egypt during its presidency of the Union, and said that “Egypt will remain an essential supporter for strengthening African frameworks.” He added, “the road to Africa that we want is still long, and we must follow that path with hard work,” Sisi said, “we are confident that the reality can be changed into a better future for the African continent.” He pointed out that the most important challenges facing Africa are “conflicts, terrorism, and extremism.”
Sisi said that despite the growing challenges facing Africa, especially the persistence of conflicts and the increasing risks of terrorism and extremism, especially in the Sahel and the Horn of Africa, “we have been keen to enhance the state of peace and security in Africa, relying on the consolidation of the principle (African solutions to African problems), as the best way to deal with the crises of the continent and to understand the peculiarities of African countries and peoples.” From a broader vision to promote peace and security, Sisi added, “we pushed the concept of sustainable peace linked to development.”
Sisi highlighted that the efforts made by the Egyptian presidency will not be the end, and Egypt will continue to be an extension of its historical role, and an essential support for strengthening the frameworks of joint African action. In addition, Egypt will be keen to continue coordination with all concerned bodies of the African Union, to follow up on all the initiatives and activities that were launched under its presidency, to ensure its continuity in the future and invested at the optimum level. On the Palestinian issue, Sisi said it will always be “in the hearts and minds of the people of Africa.”
Yesterday, the summit also discussed issues of reforming and financing the African Union, implementing measures such as the continental free trade area, and examined the conflicts taking place in the continent, led by Libya and South Sudan, and the growth of terrorism.
For his part, the Secretary-General of the United Nations, Antonio Guterres, stressed the importance of the partnership between the United Nations and the African Union. Guterres said, in a speech at the African Union summit, that the partnership between the two sides “is of the utmost importance,” and stressed the full support of the United Nations to the African Union’s pioneering initiative to silence the guns.
“I can guarantee the full support of the United Nations for this landmark initiative. Ultimately, Silencing the Guns is not just about peace and security but also inclusive sustainable development and human rights,” he added. Guterres pointed out that there are three challenges of urgent importance in Africa, which are eradicating poverty, dealing with climate crises, and silencing guns. He called on the United Nations Secretary-General to integrate and support African youth.