Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi reiterated to African counterparts that facing the repercussions of the coronavirus pandemic should be conducted in parallel with the rest of the continent’s efforts in combating terrorism and extremism.
According to a statement by the Egyptian Presidency, El-Sisi participated on Wednesday in a mini-summit via video conferencing with a number of African counterparts to follow up on the outcomes of previous summits held over the repercussions of the spread of the virus in African countries.
He affirmed to several African leaders the necessity of continued communication between African countries to coordinate efforts related to combating the coronavirus pandemic.
The virtual meeting saw the participation of South African president and current African Union chair Cyril Ramaphosa and the heads of state of Kenya, Mali, Democratic Republic of Congo, Gabon, Niger, Tanzania, Rwanda, Chad, Madagascar and the Sudanese prime minister and African Union Commission chair.
He stressed on the importance of promoting action with international finance institutions and international partners to support African countries in the economic sector both in the medium and long terms amid the negative implications on the countries’ economies due to the outbreak.
He also affirmed the necessity of providing necessary support in terms of preventive and medical supplies.
El-Sisi also highlighted Egypt’s experience in dealing with the crisis, especially through support for the health and economic sectors.
The meeting also saw agreement on continued coordination with G20 countries to carry out the parameters agreed upon in the last meeting by the bloc to support African countries in terms of mobilising development funding and providing international financial assistance to combat the economic, social and health impact of the pandemic.