Published: Thu, February 01, 2018
Worldwide | By Sean Reid

Trump sends Letter to African Leaders, Voicing Deep Respect For the Continent

Trump sends Letter to African Leaders, Voicing Deep Respect For the Continent

The African Union's 2018 theme, "Winning the Fight Against Corruption: A Sustainable Path to Africa's Transformation" was launched by the President of Nigeria, Muhammadu Buhari, following his endorsement to champion the fight against corruption on the continental level at the 29th Summit held previous year.

"The Kenya Government continues to appeal to our brothers and sisters on the continent to also collectively address the root cause and development of violent extremism in the different regions in Africa", President Kenyatta told leaders who attended the Peace and Security Council meeting.

"Our soldiers are fighting side-by-side to defeat terrorists, and we are working together to increase free, fair and reciprocal trade", he said.

He lauded the AU Commission for making 2018 the African Anti-Corruption Year.

It was suggested the alleged data transfer had been taking place since 2012, when the building, in the Ethiopian capital Addis Ababa, was opened.

Sirika said the government would provide an "enabling environment and support", and would take advantage of the Single Air Transport Market launched by the African Union on Monday.

The letter was not made public, but its existence was confirmed by Chris Meade, a diplomat with the U.S. delegation to the African Union (AU).

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Nigeria, South Africa, and Kenya were among the first countries to welcome the initiative, even though the idea had been in existence for over three decades.

At a World Economic Forum last Friday in Davos, Trump met with Rwanda's Paul Kagame, who recently replaced Guinea's Alpha Condé as the acting chairperson of the African Union.

Speaking at the event, the AU Chairman celebrated the eventual realisation of SAATM for Africa.

"Indeed, I would like to call on the United Nations and the AU to ensure a practical and realistic AMISOM exit timelines that should be subjected to regular reviews", the President said. "I am happy for associating myself with the progress that we have made so far", he said.

The minister said the national carrier will be private sector driven.

Consequently, Kagame named the President of Togo, Faure Gnassingbe as the driver of the full implementation of the policy.

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