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EU Commission promises AU support in resolving African conflicts



 EU Commission President Ursula von der Leyen, on Thursday promised to support the African Union (AU) in resolving conflicts on the continent, including Libya.

Von der Leyen made the promise during a visit to the AU in Addis Ababa.

“You have us at your side because this is of utmost importance for the development of this continent,’’ she said.

The conflict in Libya was a good example for how well the EU and AU could collaborate on finding resolutions to conflicts, von der Leyen said.

Adding that Libya was also a good example for how difficult it is to implement these solutions.

Von der Leyen,who travelled to Ethiopia with a 20-member delegation including EU foreign affairs representative Josep Borrell  made the comments in response to the AU warning that Libya’s ongoing civil conflict.

She added that the conflict which began in 2001 after the fall of long-term ruler Muammar al-Gaddafi, could destabilise Africa.

The conflict had caused an influx of insurgents and weapons to the Sahel region, according to AU Commission, President Moussa Faki Mahamat.

“The region is at great risk,’’ Mahamat said in reference to the numerous Islamist terrorist and rebel groups active in the region.

Von der Leyen is also expected to discuss security, migration and digitisation during her visit to the AU.

Edited By: Halima Sheji/Emmanuel Yashim

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