African Union Summit opens in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

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The African Union logo is seen outside the AU headquarters building in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, November 8, 2021. REUTERS/Tiksa Negeri

Some African leaders have arrived in the Ethiopian capital, Addis Ababa, for a summit of African heads of state.

The President of the Federal Republic of Somalia, Mohamed Abdullahi Farmajo, was among the leaders who arrived in Addis Ababa, the capital of Ethiopia, to attend the 35th African Union Summit.

It is the first time Addis Ababa is hosting an African Union summit since the war in Ethiopia.

This year’s AU Summit will focus on reforming the AU, implementing the AU’s vision for 2063 and addressing the continent’s various challenges, including violence, poverty, food insecurity and COVID-19 disease.

Other agenda items to be discussed by African leaders include military coups in some countries and political instability in the Horn of Africa region.