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Africa summit on youth met with scepticism

Africa summit on youth met with scepticism

"In my capacity as the Leader in charge of the migration issue within the African Union, I am particularly keen to submit proposals to my Brothers and Sisters the Heads of State at the next AU Summit in order to chart a real African Agenda on migration", the King stated in a message addressed to the ongoing EU-Africa Summit in Abidjan.

Upon arrival, the President was received at the Houphet Airport by Ivoiren President Alassane Ouattara.

On the sidelines of the AU-EU summit, the Monarch also held talks with Angolan President Joao Lourenço, as well as with President Emmanuel Macron of France. -E.U. summit is to invest "in the youth for a sustainable future".

European and African leaders at a summit in the Ivory Coast have pledged to help youth find work and repatriate some 3,800 migrants stuck in a Libyan detention camp.

European leaders presented, and African partners welcomed the EU's innovative External Investment Plan (EIP), which will mobilise €44 billion of private investments for sustainable development and job creation.

Following Rwanda's decision to accommodate the migrants, African Union Chairperson Moussa Faki Mahamat said such a humane act by Rwanda should serve as a lesson to other countries on the continent.

The President of the Republic of Côte d'Ivoire, Alassane Ouattara, said that his country's hosting of the 5th Africa-EU Summit marked a new phase in the global arena after the great crisis that had nearly engulfed his country.

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"Western countries expect, indeed, that some African countries - granted independence for less than half a century - have a political and an economic performance that is as positive and as important as their own, and thus impose conditions that are impossible to respect".

As a transit point for many migrants seeking to reach Europe, Libya has witnessed an increase in inhuman treatment of migrants waiting for a possible crossing of the Mediterranean.

"We have agreed, along with the European Union and the United Nations, to set up a task force for repatriating at least 3,800 people", Moussa Faki Mahamat, head of the AU Commission, told reporters.

Many European countries have keept a deaf ear to call for action on African migrants that flock boats through Libya-Mediterranean Sea to Europe.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel said that "it's very important that we simply support Africans to put a stop to illegal migration, so people don't have to either suffer in awful camps in Libya or are even being traded".

The Ivorian president has defended claims that not enough investment has been made in providing better prospects for young people, saying "Young people have the right to demand, both in Europe and in Africa, the opportunities to look forward to the future with serenity".


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