Obama to invite 47 leaders to US-Africa summit and 22nd African Union summit begins

January 24, 2014

Africa, Business, International

President Obama to invite 47 leaders to US-Africa summit in August

AFP

President Barack Obama will invite 47 leaders to a landmark US-Africa summit in August 2014, seeking to widen US trade, development and security ties with an increasingly dynamic continent to which he traces part of his ancestry.

Obama will send out invites to all African nations that are currently in good standing with the United States or are not suspended from the African Union – meaning there will be no place for states like Egypt or Zimbabwe.

Obama will hold the talks on August 5 and 6, seeking to cement progress from his trip to Africa last year.

A White House statement said the trip would “advance the administration’s focus on trade and investment in Africa, and highlight America’s commitment to Africa’s security, its democratic development, and its people.”

The idea for the summit was first announced by Obama in a speech in Cape Town in June.

Egypt, which has caused the Obama administration to thread a foreign policy needle with an erstwhile ally after a military takeover, is not eligible to attend as it is currently suspended from the African Union. Egypt said on Wednesday it was “very surprised” by the decision.

Egyptian foreign ministry spokesman Badr Abdelbati said the US decision was a “mistake” and displayed a “lack of vision.”

“Egypt was very surprised by the US statement about its reasons, especially as the summit is not being held under the auspices of the African Union and is simply a summit between the United States and African countries,” the spokesman said.

Other notable absentees on the invite list include Sudan and Madagascar.

African Nations
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AU Summit

India attending African Union summit

IANS

ADDIS ABABA- An Indian delegation led by Secretary (West) in the external affairs ministry Dinkar Kullar is attending the 22nd summit of the African Union (AU) being held here Jan 21-31.

The delegates will be attending the 27th Ordinary Session of the AU Executive Council Jan 27-28. The AU comprises 54 African countries.

This year’s summit is being held under the theme ‘Year of Agriculture and Food Security’. Apart from attending the AU Summit, the Indian delegates are expected to meet Ethiopian authorities and the African Union Commission (AUC) to discuss various issues regarding India-Africa relations, according to official statements.

They are expected to exchange views on participation in the third India-African Forum Summit (IAFS-III), which is scheduled to be held in July in New Delhi, India.

They will also discuss different training programmes and capacity building projects.
The IAFS is the official platform for African-Indian relations. It was first held April 4-8, 2008, in New Delhi. It was the first such meeting between the government of India and 14 African countries chosen by the AU.

The second summit was held at Addis Ababa in 2011 with India and 15 African countries participating.
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Opening of the 27th Ordinary Session of the AU Permanent Representatives Committee

Opening of the 27th Ordinary Session of the AU Permanent Representatives Committee, 21 January 2014

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