Egyptian President and new African Union chairperson Abdel Fattah al-Sisi speaks during the 32nd African Union (AU) summit in Addis Ababa on February 10, 2019. (AFP)
CAIRO - 8 February 2020: President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi arrived in the Ethiopian capital Addis Ababa to attend the 33rd African Union Summit due on February 9-10, as he will hand over the presidency of African Union to South African President Cyril Ramaphosa.
It is scheduled that President Sisi will participate in the AU Peace and Security Council meeting on Libya, the meeting of African mechanism for Western Sahara, and the African Peer Review Mechanism (APRM)’s Forum of Heads of State and Government, said Presidential Spokesperson Bassam Radi in a statement.
On the sidelines of the two-day summit, President Sisi will hold a series of bilateral meetings with a number of leaders of African states, Radi added.
President Sisi will chair a closed session to review the challenges facing the African continent, as Egypt has chaired the AU in 2019, Egyptian Ambassador to Ethiopia Osama Abdel Khaleq told Egypt’s Extra News.
The summit comes under the 2020 theme of “Silencing the Guns: Creating Conducive Conditions For Africa’s Development,” a commitment that aims at achieving peace and security in Africa, in accordance with continent’s Agenda 2063.
Additional reporting by Amr Mohamed Kandil