South African President and present Chair of the African Union (AU), Cyril Ramaphosa. Picture: African Union Press Gallery.
Addis Commonplace Staffs
Addis Abeba, June 26/2020 – South African President and present Chair of the African Union (AU), Cyril Ramaphosa, is internet hosting a excessive degree digital assembly this afternoon between the three leaders of Ethiopia, Egypt and Sudan to debate in regards to the GERD forward of UNSC open digital assembly scheduled for Monday June 29.
Billed as ‘Extraordinary Assembly of the Bureau of the Meeting of the AU,’ the digital assembly will likely be attended by Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed, President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi, and Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdok, of Ethiopia, Egypt, and Sudan, respectively. As well as, it’ll even be attended by heads of state and governments of Kenya, DRC and Mali, Addis Commonplace has learnt.
Main replace: Members of the #UNSC agreed- with out having to vote – to carry an open digital assembly on #GERD on Mon. June 29 at 3:00 PM EST. Accordingly #Ethiopia, #Egypt & #Sudan will breif the united states. Egypt is probably to be represented by its International Minister Sameh Shoukri. pic.twitter.com/MQeJKAqR8g— Addis Commonplace (@addisstandard) June 25, 2020
The invitation for as we speak’s digital assembly by President Ramaphosa got here the identical day because the 15 member states of the united states agreed, yesterday – with out having to vote – to carry an open digital assembly on GERD on Monday June 29 at 3:00 PM EST.
As elected member of the united states, South Africa has stood agency in opposition to the push by the US and Egypt to have the open digital assembly on GERD on the Safety Council. On Monday, it expressed its views in opposition to the movement to carry the session and argued that GERD negotiations between Ethiopia, Egypt and Sudan had been nonetheless ongoing and that this problem didn’t belong within the Safety Council.
A diplomatic supply near the matter informed Addis Commonplace that as we speak’s assembly is usually a important step in the direction of asserting AU’s elevated function in resolving the GERD standoff.
“Today’s meeting and its possible outcomes will set the tone for the UNSC meeting on Monday. A lot of reluctant member states of the SC – including Europeans, China, Russia and Indonesia, are expected to reference or take note of the outcome of this extraordinary summit,” our supply stated, including that “A clear-eyed communique from this high-level summit could also help the three African elected members of the UNSC: South Africa, Niger and Tunisia, to unify behind and consolidate AU’s position for increased role to resolve the matter.” AS
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