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African summit in Addis Ababa on development, peace and security

The 32nd ordinary session of the African Union (AU) conference will begin on Sunday in the Ethiopian capital of Addis Ababa. The agenda of the summit will include a number of topics that concern development, peace and security.

This year’s African Union Summit is being held under the theme “Refugees, returnees and internally displaced persons … towards durable solutions to forced displacement in Africa”.

Among the most prominent issues at the summit table are refugees and displaced persons, conflicts and terrorism, the unified African passport, economic integration and the process of institutional reform and financing of the Union.

According to an Ethiopian foreign ministry official, more than 35 African leaders are expected to attend the summit. UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres and Arab League Secretary-General Ahmed Aboul Gheit arrived in Addis Ababa earlier Saturday to attend the summit.

The meetings of the Ordinary Session of the Executive Council of Ministers of Foreign Affairs of the African Union Member States in Addis Ababa ended on Friday, in preparation for the Summit. The Union has 55 African States, an alternative since 2002 from the Organization of African Unity (AU). Its objectives include achieving integration and cooperation among members, promoting common interests and facilitating development.

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