PM Abiy Ahmed applauded the decision of African leaders to hold the upcoming African Union summit in Addis Ababa, despite certain lobbies for the change of venue of the summit due to Covid-19 and the ongoing conflict.
“At this critical time that we need your brotherly alliance, I’d like to forward my appreciation, on behalf of the Ethiopian people, the decision of the leaders of the member states of the African Union to hold the AU summit in Addis Ababa,” said the premier in his official press statement.
“African leaders who recognized the meaning of holding the summit in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia’s strong stance on African issues, the country’s role in the realization of the AU, and who acknowledged Ethiopia’s unwavering principle to resolve African matters with Africans, have preferred to hold the AU summit in Addis Ababa. Ethiopia is delighted in this. Congratulations to all of us!”
PM Abiy also called upon fellow Ethiopians, especially in the hospitality and security sectors, to work towards the successful and cherished conclusion of the summit.
“The fact that the summit will take place in Addis Ababa has multiple meanings. It’s an opportunity we attest our peace & security, show Ethiopia’s image in action to our African fellows, and earn economic benefits at large. Hence, it’s expected from all of you to make the summit successful.”
The 40th Ordinary Session of the Executive Council and the 35th Ordinary Session of the Assembly of the African Union are scheduled to take place from 02-06 Feb 2022 in Addis Ababa. These two sessions will be preceded by that of the Permanent Representatives Committee.