Abiy Lauds Africans Decision to Hold AU Summit in Addis Ababa

ADDIS ABABA – Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed has appreciated the decision of the African Union (AU) member states to convene the 35th AU Summit in  person in Addis Ababa.

The Heads of State and Government of AU member states will meet in Ethiopia’s capital for two days, beginning from Feb 5 2022.

In a statement today, Prime Minister Abiy acknowledged the leaders’ commitment and decision to hold the 35th AU summit in Addis Ababa despite attempts to change the meeting venue from Addis Ababa to somewhere else.

“Ethiopia is saddened by the action of those who have been pushing for the AU summit to be held out of Addis Ababa citing Covid-19 spread and security situations as pretexts,” the PM said.

Abiy has recalled Ethiopia’s contribution to the African issues and reassured continued commitment to the African affairs and Pan-Africanism.

Ethiopia has never taken the issue of Africanism as secondary, but as priority, he said, adding that the place it gives to Pan-Africanism is always significant and remains the same.

Recognizing Ethiopia’s historic and unwavering stance to advance African and pan-African agendas as well as the significance of the AU summit, Prime Minister Abiy stated that the African leaders have chosen Addis Ababa to host the summit.

“The implication of hosting the summit in Addis Ababa is immense,” he said.

“It proves our peace and stability as well as enables us to reaffirm our stance to African Agenda and practically demonstrate the good situations of Ethiopia to our African friends,” the PM stated.

The government has been undertaking diplomatic efforts with African countries and the AU Commission to hold the summit in the capital city, according to Ethiopia.

Last Thursday, its Foreign Ministry officials commended the unwavering solidarity of Africans shown to Ethiopia on various occasions during a consultative meeting with African Ambassadors and diplomats on hosting the 35th AU Summit in Addis Ababa.