GERMANY EXPRESSES DESIRE TO STRENGTHEN CO-OPERATION WITH AFRICA

ADDIS ABABA, Germany has expressed its desire to strengthen peace and security co-peration with Africa following a meeting here between German Vice-Chancellor and Minister of Foregin Affairs Sigmar Gabriel and African Union (AU) Commission Chairperson Moussa Faki Mahamat.

Speaking a joint media conference after their meeting Tuesday, Gabriel said Germany was spending a great deal of money to stabilize various crises on the ground in Africa and stressed that stability in Africa had to be prioritized on the ground in order to assist the current crises of famine and hunger caused by drought in Somalia and several other countries.

We both committed to seeing a modernized and industrialized Africa during our meeting at the (AU) headquarters, besides (discussing) peace and security issues," Gabriel added.

The root causes of migration and instability have to be dealt with so as to provide further opportunities for African youth and to stabilize the continent rather than opening up camps for the displaced on border areas to stop the migration flows, he stated.

He pointed to the desire of Germany and the European Union (EU) to see a great Africa and AU in the near future. As Germany and Europeans we have great expectations from the process of reform which will undoubtedly strengthen Africa. We in Germany have great interest in having a stronger African Union.

The AU Commission Chairperson noted Germany's strong relations with the AU and Africa, especially in peace and security, among other areas. The Julius Nyerere Peace and Security building, which was built by Germany at the AU headquarters here is one of the manifestations of the country's strong relations with Africa, Mahamat underlined.

He added that Africa and the international community had to collaborate to end the ongoing crises such as migration and drought on the continent together with Germany and other countries.

The Julius Nyerere Peace and Security building, a part of the premises of the AU Commission headquarters was funded by Germany at a cost of about 31 million euros.

Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK

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