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Buhari to attend 36th African Union session

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President Muhammadu Buhari will today depart Abuja for Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, to participate in the 36th Ordinary Session of the Assembly of the African Union (AU).

The theme of the AU Summit is “Acceleration of the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) Implementation”.

The President will participate in three high-level meetings on peace and security, climate change and the political situation in some West African countries.

The first is the Peace and Security Council (PSC) meeting of Heads of State and Government on the situation in the Eastern Democratic Republic of Congo (AUPSC High Level AU), to be chaired by the President of South Africa, Cyril Ramaphosa, in his capacity as the Chair of the Council for the month of February.

The Second, according to the statement, is the meeting of the Committee of the Heads of State and Government on Climate Change (CAHOSCC), currently chaired by the President of Niger Republic.

ECOWAS Extraordinary summit

On the margins of the annual meetings of the AU, President Buhari will also attend an extraordinary summit of the Authority of Heads of State and Government of ECOWAS.

He will deliver remarks at these events, as well as present his National Statement at the opening session of the Summit, which brings together leaders from the AU member-countries as well as a number of non-AU countries and international institutions accredited to the AU in Addis Ababa.

The President will be accompanied on the trip by some Ministers and other top government officials.

The statement, signed by the Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Mallam Garba Shehu, says the President will return to Abuja on Monday, February 20.

Writing by Abdullah Bello; Editing by Tina Oyinsan and Tony Okerafor