40th session of AU Executive Council: Strengthening mechanisms of joint African action on agenda

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ALGIERS- The works of the 40th session of the Executive Council of the African Union (AU) began, this Wednesday, with the participation of the Ministers of Foreign Affairs of the member countries of the continental organization, including the Algerian Minister of Foreign Affairs and the National Community Abroad Ramtane Lamamra who leads the Algerian delegation.

“The African ministers will discuss, during the works of this session, a number of reports and activities relating to peace and security in the continent, recalled the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in a press release.

The opening session was attended by the Chairperson of the AU Commission, the Chairperson of the Executive Council and the Executive Secretary of the Economic Commission for Africa under the UN, the same source noted.

The MAE further specified that the speeches focused on the various political, security and economic challenges facing African countries, in addition to the prospects for further strengthening the mechanisms of common African action.

The head of the Algerian diplomacy, held, on the sidelines of this work, several meetings with his African counterparts for consultation and coordination on various issues of common interest.

In this context, Ramtane Lamamra held a meeting with the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Cooperation and African Integration of the Republic of Togo, Robert Dussey, during which the two parties reviewed the latest developments in the Republic of Mali and prospects for supporting peace, reconciliation and crisis resolution efforts.

They also discussed the main dossiers on the agenda of the executive council session.

Minister Lamamra held, also, a meeting with his Chadian counterpart, Cherif Mohamed Zein, during which the security and political situation on the African continent have been tackled, with both sides stressing the importance of intensifying coordination between the two countries.

During his meeting with the Minister of State for Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Uganda, Henry Oryem Okello, both parties discussed bilateral relations and ways to improve them, as well as the latest developments on the continental scene.

Mr. Lamamra also held talks with his counterpart from the Republic of Djibouti, Mahamoud Ali Youssouf, during which the two parties exchanged views on the main issues on the agenda of the 40th session of the Executive Council, as well as those that will be presented at the summit, slated for February 5.

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