Egypt's president and current chairman of the African Union Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi discussed the partnership between Africa and the G7 on Sunday in Biarritz, France.
The event was attended by French President Emmanuel Macron, leaders of the G7 and the presidents of South Africa, Senegal, Rwanda, and Burkina Faso.
The session tackled the launch of a “balanced partnership” to overcome overpopulation, economic and climate challenges, as well as discussing a number of issues affecting economic and political development in Africa.
Addressing the session, El-Sisi stressed the need for boosting cooperation between Africa and its international partners, particularly the G7, to solve common issues.
"There is no alternative to dialogue [between African countries and international partners] to solve the challenges facing Africa in a way that suits our common interests," he said, adding that there is no need to showcase the challenges facing Africa in detail, but “we need to work together to find solutions according to the continent's priorities.”
The president also spoke of the efforts exerted to boost women’s empowerment in Egypt, Africa and the world.
He also highlighted the importance of boosting join action with the G7 and strengthening peace and security in Africa to combat all forms of terrorism.
President El-Sisi also spoke about the situation in Libya and how the current conflict affected the security and the stability of its citizens as well as its neighboring countries amid the threat of terrorist organisations.
"The way out of the crisis in Libya is known and needs true political will to start a political reconciliation process that involves all sides of the crisis… [and] ending foreign intervention in Libya and to ensure the just distribution of state resources," he said, adding that unifying Libyan state institutions was another important step in the Libyan reconciliation process.
El-Sisi's luncheon with African presidents
Earlier on Sunday in a meeting with a group of African leaders, President El-Sisi stressed that Africa's relationship with its international partners is based on equality and common interests, the Egyptian presidency said.
The meeting was attended by the presidents of Rwanda, Senegal, South Africa and Burkina Faso as well as the head of the African Commission to coordinate African stances ahead of the G7 and Africa summit held later.
The African presidents wanted to send a strong message about the challenges facing their continent and ways to solve them, said presidential spokesman Bassam Radi Sunday in his statement about the meeting.
El-Sisi stressed the need to highlight Africa's development priorities, at the top of which is reducing poverty, countering climate change, fighting endemic diseases, employing youth and empowering women, Radi added.
The African presidents expressed great appreciation for El-Sisi's initiative to hold this meeting to coordinate stances ahead of the G7 and African summit.