AUC Chairperson Moussa Faki Mahamat

AU, US Discuss ‘Political and Security Matters in Africa’

ADDIS ABABA – Chairperson of African Union Commission Moussa Faki Mahamat spoke with US secretary of state Antony Blinken about issues of mutual interest.

The discussion took place ahead of a high-level AU-USA Political Consultations slated for next month in Washington DC.

Following the phone conversation, Chairperson Mahamat said the discussion with Secretary Blinken was “productive”.

The Chairperson said he spoke with the secretary of state about “issues of mutual interest in preparation for” the consultations.

In a readout, the State Department said the two sides also discussed “possible ways forward on political and security matters in Africa, including Sudan, Mali, and Burkina Faso”.

Blinken “reaffirmed U.S. prioritization of our important partnership with the AU, particularly in initiatives to strengthen democratic institutions in furtherance of peace and security resulting from” the the 35th African Union Summit.

The “partnership is vital to address conflicts, strengthen democracy and human rights, and I look forward to deepening our cooperation,” the secretary of state said in a twitter post on Tuesday.