5th AU-EU Summit kicks off in Abidjan

Addis Ababa, November 28, 2017 (FBC) - The Foreign Ministers of member countries of the two continental bodies convened in Abidjan, Côte d'Ivoire today.

The meeting is intended to adopt agendas: draft joint AU-EU declaration on the migrant situation in Libya and draft declaration on investing in youth for accelerated inclusive growth and sustainable development and program of work of the Summit.

Ethiopian Minister for Foreign Affairs Dr Workneh Gebeyehu along with his African and European counterparts has attended the meeting.

On the occasion he holds talks with Libyan, Belgian, Rwandan, Croatian and EU Foreign Ministers on multilateral and bilateral matters of common interest.

African Union Commission Deputy Chairperson, Ambassador Kwesi Quartey and Federica Mogherini, High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy have presided over the Session.

Ambassador Kwesi Quartey in his remarks noted that Africa could achieve the goals it sets and benefit from partnerships such as the one with EU by embracing good governance, the rule of law and democracy.

The Chair also commended the pledge made by EU to mobilize Foreign Direct Investment worth 40 Billion euro's and the G20 Com¬pact with Africa which intends to promote private investment and investment in infrastructure.

Using the Joint Africa-EU Strategy (JAES) we will focus on four key priority areas of cooperation: Investing in people, Strengthening resilience, Mobilizing investment and Migration and Mobility, Ambassador Kwesi highlighted.

Federica Mogherinion her part noting the Summit to be a historic one which opens new chapter to the growing ties of the two continents said it is a good platform where “we could share and react to global and regional agendas.”

Noting the Summit to have come at critical and challenging time where multilateralism and multilateral institutions were facing challenges Mrs Mogherinion said high importance has been attached to the summit.

Source: MoFA

Posted by Amare Asrat