The new AU chairman: We must not allow outside countries to create wars in our continent

The President of South Africa, Cyril Ramavusa, who was elected today, Sunday,as the President of the African Union for a period of one year, called on the countries of the continent to stand in front of attempts to inflame conflicts in them from abroad.
“We all have a duty to build Africa in peace and prosperity. We must take steps to prevent countries outside our continent from fueling conflicts in Africa and igniting proxy wars,” Ramavusa said in his speech to the African Union summit in the Ethiopian capital, Addis Ababa.

Ramavusa took over the chairmanship of the African Union from the Egyptian President, Abdel Fattah El-Sisi, on the basis of the deliberative mechanism. The President of South Africa thanked his Egyptian counterpart “for the distinguished manner and hard work he did during his chairmanship of the African Union.”

The new president of the federation identified two main goals for his presidency, namely, the settlement of the conflict in Libya, which he described as “a regional issue that must be resolved by the efforts of the Africans themselves” and the implementation of the peace agreement in southern Sudan once and for all.

Ramavusa also called for an extraordinary meeting on the Free Trade Area in Africa, in parallel with an extraordinary summit on “gun silencing”, in May 2020, stressing the need to set standards that define the products that the African continent is proud of.

What increases the political weight of South Africa in the Union is that this country occupies the seat of a non-permanent member of the UN Security Council this year.


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