Egypt to chair AU's Peace and Security Council

MENA , Sunday 31 Oct 2021

Mohamed Gad, Egypt’s Ambassador to Ethiopia and its Permanent Representative to the African Union (AU), announced that Egypt would preside over the AU’s Peace and Security Council (PSC) as of November 1.

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African Union headquarters in Addis Ababa (Reuters)

He said that Egypt would seek during its chairmanship of the PSC to strengthen the council’s role in issues of peace and security that take priority on the African continent, according to a statement released by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs on Sunday.

Egypt’s presidency of the council comes at a time when African countries face security challenges, notably terrorism, extremism, organised crime, ethnic tensions, internal political crises, and the effects of climate change and natural disasters, Gad added.

He explained that Egypt’s presidency programme would include holding a ministerial session on combating terrorism and extremist ideologies, as well as drying up recruitment sources.

This session would provide an ideal opportunity to present Egypt’s initiatives on countering extremist thought and renewing religious discourse, the diplomat said.

He explained that the programme comprises a substantive session on the protection of medical facilities and staff in armed conflicts, in addition to a session to assess the impacts of climate change on peace and security on the African continent, especially as Egypt seeks to host the UN Climate Change Conference (COP 27) in 2022.

Egypt’s main priorities currently are post-conflict reconstruction and development at the continental level, he concluded.

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