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