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EU summit focuses on ties with Africa

EU, African Union to meet in December in Brussels, says head of European Council

Busra Nur Bilgic Cakmak   | 16.10.2020
EU summit focuses on ties with Africa

ANKARA

The second day of EU leaders’ summit on Friday will focus on relations with Africa.

“Today, we'll have the opportunity to tackle the international relations, especially our future relationship with Africa. In December, we'll have in Brussels an important meeting with the African Union,” Charles Michel, president of the European Council, said in a doorstep statement.

“It will be the occasion to renew our partnership and even our alliance with Africa, this alliance is natural for geographic reason, for historical reasons, for cultural reasons. There is a huge potential, if we take, together with the African leaders, the right decisions,” he added.

Leaders will also discuss COVID-19 pandemic, said Michel, adding the “regional cooperation and coordination at the level of the heads of states and the heads of governments” between EU countries will be strengthened.

EU leaders gathered in Brussels on Thursday for two days of discussions on a post-Brexit trade agreement, the coronavirus pandemic, ways to tackle climate change, sanctions on Russia and future relations with Africa.

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