All set for AU summit in Abuja

Abuja- Nigeria (PANA) -- The stage is set for the African Union (AU) mid-term summit opening in the Nigerian capital Abuja Sunday, with more than 40 Heads of State and government expected to attend the two-day meeting.
A tight security cordon has been thrown around the glistening inland capital city, especially the NICON Hilton Hotel where most of the leaders are expected to stay.
  Flight congestion was reported at the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport in Abuja as the aircraft bearing the leaders touched down in quick succession Saturday.
Local airlines flying into Abuja were delayed to make way for the arriving dignitaries.
Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe, who was shut out of the last Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) hosted by Nigeria in December 2003, and President Hosni Mubarak of Egypt, who has not attended AU/OAU summits in the past 10 years, were early arrivals in Abuja Saturday, officials said.
UN Secretary General Kofi Annan and the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) President Lennart Bage were also among officials of international agencies already in Abuja for the AU meeting.
Meanwhile, the Executive Council, comprising Foreign Ministers of AU member States, ended its extended meeting Saturday.
Host President Olusegun Obasanjo is current AU chairman and top on the agenda of the two-day summit are Food Security, HIV/AIDS, Malaria and Tuberculosis, and Polio Eradication.

29 january 2005 22:43:00




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