The two sides have exchanged views on ways of addressing prevailing security challenges in Africa and also enhancing support to AU and its regional mechanisms for conflict prevention, management and resolution, according to an AU statement on Wednesday.

African Union headquarters
African Union headquarters
As part of AU’s efforts to enhance partnership between the pan-African institution and members of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC), an AU delegation led by Smail Chergui, AU Commissioner for peace and security, on Tuesday met in Doha, with Qatari officials, including Prince Sheikh Abdul Rahman Bin Saud Al Thani and Ahmed bin Abdullah Al-Mahmoud, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of State for Cabinet Affairs, said the statement.

The consultations with the Qatari authorities focused on various peace and security issues of common interest, including the Darfur region of Sudan, Libya, Somalia and Mali, as well as on the threat posed by the scourge of terrorism and violent extremism, against the backdrop of renewed terrorist attacks both in Africa and outside the Continent.

The two parties also exchanged views on how best to address the challenges at hand, including enhanced support to the AU and its Regional Mechanisms for Conflict Prevention, Management and Resolution towards the implementation of the African Peace and Security Agenda.

In this respect, steps will be taken to formalize the partnership between the AU and the State of Qatar, notably through the conclusion, as soon as possible, of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) in the area of peace and security, according to the statement.

Commissioner Chergui seized the opportunity of the meetings with the Qatari officials to reiterate the AU’s appreciation of Qatar’s invaluable support to the search for peace in the Darfur region of Sudan, including financial contribution to help address the plight of the affected populations and facilitate rehabilitation, early recovery and development.

These efforts and those of the AU, through the High-Level Implementation Panel, are mutually-supportive and aim at assisting the Sudan overcome the challenges confronting it, noted the statement. Enditem

Source: Xinhua

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