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Canada Reiterates Commitment to the African Union Commission


(MENAFN – Caribbean News Global)By Caribbean News Global

TORONTO, Canada – Marc Garneau, Secretary of State, spoke Monday with His Excellency Moussa Faki Mahamat, Chair of the African Union Commission (AUC); emphasized the strong leadership of the AUC in responding to the COVID-19 crisis and reiterated Canada’s commitment to work with African partners to ensure that our response and recovery from this crisis best meets specific needs of African countries, according to a readout from Global Affairs Canada.

“Chairman Faki noted that the AUC welcomes cooperation with Canada in response to the pandemic and in support of peace and good governance in Africa. Minister Garneau reaffirmed Canada’s determination to work closely with the AUC, including through the upcoming Canada-African Union Commission’s high-level consultations. These consultations will serve as an opportunity to discuss shared priorities and opportunities for further cooperation.”

The read continued: “Minister Garneau also expressed deep concern about the political and humanitarian crisis in Tigray, Ethiopia. It stressed the importance of humanitarian aid reaching those in need, requiring cooperation from all parties to the conflict, as well as their commitment to fulfilling their obligations under international humanitarian law, and welcomed the investigation of the African Commission for human and peoples’ rights to human rights violations in Tigray and reiterated calls for African-led solutions to the crisis.”

“The Minister and the Chairman also discussed their concerns about the situation in Chad and the need for an ongoing inclusive dialogue between the parties,” said a Global Affairs Canada report. “Minister Garneau and Chairman Faki agreed to continue working together on the common goal of an integrated, prosperous and peaceful Africa.”


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