Posted by: africanpressorganization | 1 July 2009

UK attends African Union Summit





UK attends African Union Summit



LONDON, United-Kingdom, July 1, 2009/African Press Organization (APO)/ — Foreign Office Minister Lord Malloch-Brown joins other world and African ministers and heads of state for the African Union (AU) Summit in Libya on 1-2 July.

AU member states will discuss pressing African issues such as Sudan and Somalia as well as global issues such as the impact of the economic crisis on Africa. 

There will also be discussions surrounding the Summit theme, ‘Investing in agriculture for economic growth and food security’. Lord Malloch-Brown is due to have bilateral meetings with political figures from Africa, China, and the United States among others.

Speaking in an interview on his arrival in Libya, Lord Malloch-Brown said:

“Somalia’s really high on the agenda.  The Government there is under real pressure from rebels.  There’s fighting going on as we speak and we’re all racing to do what we can to support it, because if you remember a few years ago the country had really slumped under the contro l of hard line Islamist elements. 

We’re just anxious to see a Government there that represents everybody, that protects people’s human rights and offers a decent living to people.  And that hangs in the balance at the moment.”


United Kingdom – Ministry of Foreign Affairs


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