At the 10th annual joint consultative meeting between the AU Peace and Security Council (AU PSC) and the EU Political and Security Committee (EUPSC) on Friday (November 18) at the AU headquarters in Addis Ababa, the two sides have vowed to further enhance their cooperation in addressing challenges of peace and security on the African continent. Following the deliberatation a day earlier on migration of African youth who flee the continent in search of better life, but experience tragedies, the consultative meeting on Friday has mainly focused on current pressing security issues in Africa, particularly in the Sahel, the Horn of Africa, the Great Lakes region, the center and the north of the continent.
Cherif Mahamat Zene, Chad Ambassador to AU, who was also co-chair of the AU-EU consultative meeting, reiterated that conflicts, terrorist attacks, insecurity and instability continue to prevail in different parts of the continent. He added, “We will be able to identify, for each of the situations on our agenda, ways of finding joint solutions in a collective approach, taking into account, of course, new threats and developments that require us to readjust our tools in the face of insecurity and instability.”
Walter Stevens, Chair of the EUPSC, who has also co-chaired the meeting, underlined the need for AU and EU to agree to reinforce close cooperation in addressing the conflicts.