ADDIS ABABA – Chairperson of African Union Commission said African leaders have made right call in choosing to hold the 35th AU summit in Addis Ababa.
The leaders made the decision came convene in Ethiopia’s capital in person despite certain lobbies for the change of venue.
The decision has received a glowing appreciation from the leader of the host nation, Prime Minister Abiy, calling it “critical” and “timely” that showed “brotherly alliance”.
The 35th Ordinary Session of the AU Heads of State and Government is scheduled to take place on 5-6 February 2022.
Ahead of that, their permanent representatives to the AU began today their two-day long meeting which, among other issues, will hammer out agendas for the leaders summit.
Addressing the PRC virtual meeting, the AU Commission Chairperson Moussa Faki Mahamat has explained the reasons for sticking with the decision to hold the Summit in Addis Ababa.
“I wish to thank you and congratulate you on the excellent work you have done in these difficult times, especially as the disruptive effect of the COVID-19 pandemic, already baffling despite the strong response actions, has been compounded, in the last months of 2021, by a security threat in the host country,” he said.
“The PRC and the Commission, committed to the values of solidarity, empathy and African unity, decided to maintain our presence in Addis Ababa,” he said.
“Everyone realizes today that it was a good choice,” he added.
Featured Image Caption: Participant leaders take part in a family photo at the African Union headquarters during the 33rd African Union Heads of State Summit in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia on February 09, 2020. (Photo File/AA)