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European Union offer further 165 million euros support to Africa

ADDIS ABABA Ethiopia (Xinhua) -- The European Union (EU) has announced a new support of 165 million euros to drought-affected countries in the Horn of Africa.

An EU delegation led by Federica Mogherini, High Representative of the EU, on Friday met and held talks with the new Chairperson of AU Commission Moussa Faki Mahamat at the AU Headquarters in Ethiopia’s capital Adds Ababa.

The two regional organizations told the press after their meeting that they have discussed ways of further deepening their partnership.

The chairperson of the AU Commission said the pan-African bloc coordinates cooperation with EU in light of the continent’s 50-year development agenda and its 10-year action plan.

Reiterating that the EU and the AU have been cooperating in different areas, Mogherini said they discussed issues related to security and humanitarian crisis in Africa, the coming move towards addressing the situation in Libya, and issues related to supporting African youth.

Neven Mimica, EU Commissioner for International Cooperation and Development, said the EU is deeply concerned with the current situations, especially in Somalia and South Sudan.

From the new package of support, 100 million euros will be allocated to respond to the humanitarian crisis caused by the violent conflict in South Sudan, according to Mimica.

"With this additional support, the EU shows the way to other members of the international community to also respond urgently," he said.

The remaining amount will support South Sudan’s neighboring countries, notably Ethiopia, Uganda, Kenya and Sudan, to continue providing protection and addressing the needs of South Sudanese fleeing conflict and seeking shelter in their territories, according to the Commissioner.

The two sides also discussed the preparation for the upcoming EU-Africa summit to be held in November this year in Cote d’Ivoire, which is expected to focus on issues related to the youth in Africa and Europe.



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