Preliminary work before opening of 32nd AU Ordinary Session

Since 10th February, over forty African leaders and heads of international institutions have been present for the work of the thirty.second AU Summit.

The Equatoguinean Head of State, H. E. Obiang Nguema Mbasogo, is attending the summit after assuming, on 4th February, the presidency of the UN Security Council.

The main theme of this ordinary session is Refugees, Returnees and Internally Displaced Persons: Towards durable solutions to forced displacement in Africa

Within this context, the work during the session began with a prior meeting which lasted around two hours, held by African leaders behind closed doors.

At the meeting, presidents such as H. E. Obiang Nguema Mbasogo, from the Republic of Equatorial Guinea,;H.E. Paul Kagame, from Rwanda; H. E. Yoweri Museveni, from Uganda; H. E. Abdel Fata Al Sisi, from the Arab republic of Egypt; H. E. Nana Akufo Addo, from Ghana; H. E. Alpha Conde, from Guinea Conakry; H. E. Denis Sassou Nguesso, from Congo Brazzaville; H. E., Joao Lorenzo, from Angola; H. E. Ismael Omar Guelleh, from de Djibouti; H. E. Andry Rajoelina, from Madagascar; H. E. Mahamadou Isoufu, from Niger; H. E. Jordi Weah, from Liberia; and H. E. Moussa Faki Mahamat and Antonio Guterres, President of the African Union Commission and UN General Secretary, respectively, immortalised the session with a group photo, prior to an act paying homage to the former emperor of the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia, Tafari Makonnen, better known as H. M. Haile Selassie, the last monarch to occupy the imperial throne of Ethiopia.

In honour of this great world leader, there is a street bearing his name in Malabo.

For senior figures oversaw the cutting of the ceremonial ribbon, and the unveiling of a statue of Haile Selassie.

Source: Equatorial Guinea Press and Information Office

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