Ethiopia: AU appoints Uganda’s Museveni to lead US-EU immigration talks

Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - The African Union Summit closed its two days of intensive talks in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, on Tuesday with the appointment of Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni as its negotiator for immigration reforms, an endorsement to deal with the refugee challenges in Europe and US.

The appointment of Museveni was in response to US President Donald Trump executive order  which temporarily bans nationals from seven Muslim-majority countries - Iraq, Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen.

“Africa will continue speaking with one voice,” said newly-elected AU Chairman, Guinea's  President Alpha Conde. “We have appointed President Museveni to lead the negotiations with the European Union. We agreed that there is no need for every country to negotiate with the West individually on immigration.”

Earlier, the AU Summit called for a joint response to the tightening of the immigration rules in the West.

The outgoing AU Commission Chairperson Nkosozana Dlamini-Zuma said the response to the immigration crisis should be coordinated and would test the African solidarity.

When asked about the US President’s ban on immigration to the US, AU Commissioner for Peace and Security, Smail Chergui, said immigration was one of the biggest achievements of humanity and the need for every country in the world to assist those affected by conflict by opening their doors.

“We have the largest refugee population in Kenya. We are proud of it and hopefully, whatever decision is taken must take into account the common responsibility to people. They may be putting the lives of people in danger. We have to work together to deal with the root causes of immigration together,” Chergui said.
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31 january 2017 15:17:36

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