African Union calls for solidarity as bloc elects Egypt’s Al-Sisi

ADDIS ABABA, ETHIOPIA (FEBRUARY 10, 2019) (REUTERS) – The 32nd summit of the African Union commenced on Sunday (February 10), with security, solidarity and forced displacement all forming key points of discussion.

At the meeting, members elected Egypt’s President Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi as chairperson of the Union, marking the end of Rwandan President Paul Kagame’s one-year tenure in the bloc’s agenda-setting role.

Chair of the African Union Commission, Mousa Fakhi, used his time on the podium to highlight efforts in the fight against terrorism across the Sahel and Lake Chad basin region. He said that despite current efforts, security remained a serious concern and would require a “new surge of solidarity” to resolve.

The African Union dubbed 2019 ‘The Year of Refugees, Returnees and Internally Displaced Persons’ and the issue of forced displacement is likely to remain a central theme at the two-day summit.

Speaking at the opening session, United Nations Secretary General, Antonio Guterres, said that African countries host one third of the world’s refugees and internally displaced persons and thanked the continents leaders for opening their borders to those fleeing conflict in their home countries.

The summit is due to conclude on Monday (February 11).

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