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AU ministers to discuss peace and security, other burning issues – Official

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The 31st ordinary session of the Executive Council of the African Union will discuss peace, security, refugee crises among other issues, a senior official of the continental body said on Thursday.Briefing journalists, AU Commission secretary general Mourad Ben Dhiab said the session of the executive council, comprising foreign ministers of member states and which precedes the AU summit slated for next Monday in Addis Ababa, begins on Friday.

“The Executive Council will discuss development of infrastructure, energy, tourism in the continent and exchange views to improve them, as well as financial and administrative issues of the Union to ensure it is a self-financing organization.”

Next Monday’s AU Assembly of heads of state is expected to draw heads of state and government from all 55 member states.

The summit when it gets under way on 3rd July, 2017 will discuss peace and security with the focus on its earlier decision to silence the guns in Africa by 2020. It will also focus on the issue of displaced persons, which as a result of ongoing conflicts is a serious problem in east and West Africa. 

The current chairperson of the African Union, President Alpha Conde of Guinea, will present a paper on strategic issues of the continent, while President Abdelaziz Bouteflika of Algeria will report on combating terrorism and violent extremism.

According to Dhiab, the President of Niger Mahamadou Issoufou will report on the Continental Free trade Area, while King Mohammed VI of Morocco will report on Migration in Africa. Other heads of state and government, including from Serra Leone will also present papers at the summit.

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