18 January 2013

Angola: AU Commission Chairperson Ends Visit

Luanda — The chairwoman of the African Union (AU) Commission, Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma, ended Friday afternoon a few-hour visit to Angola during which she analysed with the local head of State, José Eduardo dos Santos, the current situation prevailing in Africa.

The African diplomat arrived Friday morning in the country's capital.

Speaking to the press at the end of the audience, Nkosazana Zuma said that she came to Luanda to consult with president José Eduardo dos Santos, exchange ideas and hear his opinion on the state of the AU and the the role Angola can play in the African continent.

According to the continental organisation's leader, the meeting focused on the need to analyse the current state of the AU and what can be done by the Foreign Affairs ministers of the member countries.

He said the Angolan heads of State pledged to make a deeper analysis of the current situation of the continent, on the occasion of the elebration of the 50th anniversary of the African Union, on 25 May.

Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma said that the analysis of the challenges in the continent should start from the countries themselves and then from the regional economic organisations, having mentioned stability and security as two essential factors to the development of Africa and vice-versa.

The meeting between the Angolan head of State and the African Union Commission leader happened ahead of the African Union Summit, set for nuary 21-22 in Addis ababa, Ethiopia.

On the other hand, the current acting leader of the African Union, the head of State of Benin, Tomás Boni Yayi visited the country on January 14, while the South African president Jacob Zuma paid a visit to Angola on January 16.

The two leaders analysed with president José Eduardo dos Santos the current situation prevailing in Africa, particularly in Mali, CAR, DR Congo, Zimbabwe, Madagascar, South Sudan and Somalia.

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