South African President Cyril Ramaphosa accepted the position of Chairperson of the African Union for 2020 after being elected.
Ramaphosa announced that in May 2020 an extraordinary summit would be called on 'Silencing the Guns' and to advance the progress to end fighting on the continent.
“We will work with President Deni Sassa Ngeuesso in his capacity as the Chairperson of the AU High Level Committee on Libya to convene an intra-Libyan conference to promote ceasefire and dialogue. We will continue to work with the parties in South Sudan with a view to implementing the outstanding issues of the revitalized agreement in order to pave the way for the government of national unity,” says Ramaphosa.
President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi of Egypt had handed over the chairpersonship over to Ramaphosa earlier during the Opening Session of the AU Assembly.
United Nations (UN) Secretary-General Antonio Guterres and Canadian President Justin Trudeau were in attendance as guests for the opening session.
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