Ethiopia: AU Chairperson tours Sahel to support regional security deal

Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA ) - The Chairperson of the African Union (AU) Commission, Mr. Moussa Faki Mahamat, is currently on a weeklong five-nation tour in the Sahel Saharan region to reaffirm the AU’s commitment and solidarity with the region in its fight against terrorism and criminal networks.

According to a statement issued on Monday by his spokesperson, Ebba Kalondo, the tour aims to create a safe and secure environment and contribute to the stabilization of the situation in the Sahel region, as well as its long  term development.

Mr. Mahamat, who is accompanied by the Commissioner for Peace and Security, Ambassador Smail Chergui and the Commissioner for Political Affairs, Ambassador Minata Samate Cessouma, arrived in Niamey, Niger on 3 June and will continue to Chad, Mauritania, Mali and Burkina Faso.

Kalondo said that the visit demonstrates the AU's support of the region’s cooperation agreement to address security issues along common borders due to the interlinked effects of terrorism and transnational organized criminal networks and inter communal conflict in the region.

"The daunting security and political challenges in Libya and the resurgence of terrorist attacks, especially along the northern Mali border, have created one of the most worrying threats to regional peace and security and the Chairperson is in the region to thank the regional leaders for taking the initiative to create an African framework of operational military support," he added.
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05 june 2017 09:50:47




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