African Mechanism on Western Sahara holds first meeting in Addis Ababa


Addis Ababa (Ethiopia), February 10, 2019 (SPS) - President of the Republic, Secretary-General of the POLISARIO front, Brahim Ghali, has taken Sunday in the 32nd Ordinary Summit of the Heads of State and Government of the African Union (AU), held from 10 to 11 February 2019, under the theme: “The Year of Refugees, Returnees and Internally Displaced Persons: Towards Durable Solutions to Forced displacement in Africa.”

The President of the Republic is accompanied by a delegation comprising Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mohamed-Salem Ould-Salek, Minister Delegate for African Affairs, Hamdi Khalil Mayara, Secretary-General of National Union of Sahrawi Women, Fatma Almahdi, Ambassador Counselor at Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Mohamed-Yeslem Beisat, Counselor at Presidency, Abdati Breika, Representative of POLISARIO Front to United Nations, Sidi-Mohamed Omar, Ambassador at Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Malanine Lakhal, and Ambassador to Ethiopia and Permanent Representative to African Union, Lamine Baali.

Highlights of the Summit will include, deliberations on the institutional reform of the AU; the African Continental Free Trade Area; the implementation of Assembly decision on the post Cotonou negotiations; reports on peace and security; reports of chairpersons of the committees of the Assembly; and reports of the leaders on specific thematic issues.

The Summit will consider and adopt the draft legal instruments and witness the inauguration of the statue of Emperor Haile Selassie, one of the founders of the Organisation of African Unity- predecessor of the African Union. It will also hold elections for the bureau of the Assembly of the African Union for 2019 and of the Chairperson of the African Union for 2020. (SPS)

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