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Equatorial Guinea president Teodoro Obiang Nguema Mbasogo has urged African leaders to work together and end the refugee situation, saying the African people need peace and good governance for development.

Obiang, according to a State House statement issued here on Monday said this while visiting Kiryandongo Refugee Settlement in the midwestern district of Kiryandongo over the weekend.


“Uganda is a good model that can be emulated and inspire the whole continent on how to handle refugees,” the central African leader said, noting that Uganda has appropriate policies in handling refugees.

The visiting leader went to the settlement to see how refugees and host communities have managed to live together and share the same facilities and services without conflict.

“Lets work together to put an end to this situation. African people need peace and good governance to thrive. I am reaffirming my commitment to this cause. We should pull resources and join the fight against conflict and displacement,” Obiang said.

“I also salute refugees who despite their condition, maintain high spirits. A day will come when they will return home and live with integrity,” he added.

Obiang, who was in Uganda on a two-day official visit, is the official African Union (AU) champion of 2019 on finding solutions to forced displacement in Africa.

He is scheduled to represent the AU at the Global Refugee Forum on Dec. 17-18 in Geneva, Switzerland.

Minata Samate Cessouma, the Commissioner for Political Affairs of the AU, said the humanitarian situation in Africa continues to deteriorate, making it difficult to achieve the goals of agenda 2063.

African leaders, due to the magnitude of forced displacements on the continent, dedicated 2019 a year of Refugees, returness and internally displaced persons.

Uganda, according to the UN refugee agency, is the third largest refugee-hosting country in the world after Turkey and Pakistan. The country hosts 1.36 million refugees, mostly from neighboring South Sudan, Democratic Republic of Congo and Burundi. Enditem


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