AU Chief meets President Ramaphosa as he concludes visit to South Africa

African Union Commission Chairperson Moussa Faki Mahamat alongside South African President Cyril Ramaphosa./ Photo Courtesy: AU

The African Union Commission Chairperson Moussa Faki Mahamat met with South African President Cyril Ramaphosa on Friday for talks on the country’s partnership with the continental body.

The meeting came as Moussa Faki concluded his two-day working visit to the country.

South Africa is preparing to take over the chairmanship of the African Union from Egypt in 2020.

In their meeting, President Ramaphosa reiterated his country’s commitment to deepen engagement regarding unresolved conflicts on the Continent, including Libya, as part of its desire to accelerate action to Silence the Guns by 2020.

The President also reaffirmed South Africa’s support to the African Continental Free Trade Area Agreement (AfCFTA) and the critical role that infrastructure development should play in making the AfCFTA a reality.

For his part, the Chairperson of the Commission Moussa Faki Mahamat noted the importance of the upcoming presidency of South Africa to head the Union in 2020, and reaffirmed the commitment of the Commission to support the country in preparing for this crucial role to push ahead with promoting the continental agenda.