El - Sisi to continue with AU reforms

Lester Mason
February 11, 2019

In preparation for the AU summit, Egyptian Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry said that Egypt looks forward to work with it's fellow African nations during it's presidency of the union during 2019.

The summit is being attended by various Heads of State who are expected to focus on issues of trade and conflict on the continent. "Mediation and preventive diplomacy will remain one of the priorities of the African Union". "While we are aware of the difficulty and complexity of the struggle, this remains the only appropriate way to uproot terrorism and eradicate it".

"There is no doubt that you (Sisi) will take our union forward decisively to new and greater heights", the Rwandan leader said as he handed over to Egypt's president.

Rights groups, including Amnesty International, have expressed concern that Egypt's chairmanship may undermine the AU's human rights mechanisms.

During his time in power President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi has demonstrated a shocking contempt for human rights. "Dozens of cases alleging serious human rights violations have been lodged against Egypt at the ACHPR", it said.

Under Egypt's leadership the bloc will prioritise mediation and "preventive diplomacy" as one of the key mechanisms for promoting peace and security on the continent, he added.

Continental leaders, including President Cyril Ramaphosa, will urge him to push administrative and financial reforms introduced by his predecessor Rwanda's President Paul Kagame.

It is recalled that the statue of Kwame Nkrumah of Ghana's former president was also built within the African Union compound a few years ago for his contribution for the foundation of OAU.

Other reports by Iphone Fresh

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