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Friday, 17 March 2017

EU reinforces cooperation with the AU, new peace building support

The High Representative/Vice President, Federica Mogherini, and Commissioner for International Cooperation and Development, Neven Mimica, concluded an official visit to Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. The aim of the visit was to strengthen ties and boost partnership with the African Union on common areas of cooperation. In this respect, they met with the new leader of the African Union Commission, Moussa Faki Mahamat who took up office just two days ago. Remarks following her press point with Moussa Faki Mahamat are available here. The EU announced new financial support for the Horn of Africa region as well as for the African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM). High Representative/Vice President, Federica Mogherini, said: "2017 will be a defining year for the partnership between Europe and Africa. Here today with our partners at the African Union we discussed how to strengthen our common work on global challenges, from peace and stability to investing in youth and cooperation on migration. We are taking forward this key partnership towards the 5th Africa-EU Summit, which will be held in Abidjan in November 2017. What happens in Africa matters in Europe, and viceversa, and we have a lot to gain from increased cooperation at all levels." HR/VP Mogherini also met with Ethiopian Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn. Commissioner Mimica announced together with Smail Chergui, African Union Commissioner for Peace and Security, two agreements on the European Union's financial contribution from the EU's African Peace Facility to AMISOM. "This €120 million support reinforces our commitment to the peace building mission in Somalia. Without the achievements made by AMISOM, Somalia would not be where it is today. AMISOM's essential role is to continue to providing a safer and more secure environment in Somalia which benefits the Somali people and the development of the country as a whole until its gradual phasing-out." Commissioner Mimica added.

Source: Reliefweb