President Tusk urges EU leaders to replenish Trust Fund for Africa

Abidjan, Cote d’Ivoire (PANA) – European Union (EU) President Donald Tusk on Thursday called on his European colleagues to live up to their commitment to replenish the EU Trust Fund for Africa, assuring that they would make it.

Speaking at a press conference on the conclusion of the 5th African Union-European Union summit in the Ivorian capital, Abidjan, Mr. Tusk reiterated that the EU “is Africa’s biggest partner and closest neighbour. Its biggest investor, its biggest trading partner, its biggest provider of development aid and humanitarian assistance as well as its biggest contributor in peace and security.”

According to him, the summit whose theme was ‘Youth’ ended successfully. AU and EU leaders at the summit heard input from African and European youth representatives, which brought a new energy to the summit discussions.

“This summit demonstrated our determination to reinforce our partnership even more,” said Mr. Tusk, noting that strengthening dialogue on migration enhanced their common efforts.

Stating that the summit has complemented what was agreed in Valletta in 2015, he noted that migration has a significant impact on both continents.

“So we have a joint responsibility to acknowledge it as an important part of our relationship, which requires that we act together,” he said. “This is especially true when it comes to the situation in Libya with the most cynical abuse of human beings.”

Mr. Tusk stressed  his call to impose UN sanctions on human smugglers and traffickers, underlining that the AU-EU partnership would not be effective, “if we do not ensure that the people caught up in Libya and elsewhere can return safely to their homes.”
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30 november 2017 16:59:28




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