'Long-delayed EU-Africa summit to go ahead in December'

The second summit between the European Union (EU) and Africa, which has been long delayed over the Zimbabwe factor, will take place in the Portuguese capital of Lisbon in December, Portuguese Foreign Minister Luis Amado said.

'Long-delayed EU-Africa summit to go ahead in December'
The second summit between the European Union (EU) and Africa, which has been long delayed over the Zimbabwe factor, will take place in the Portuguese capital of Lisbon in December, Portuguese Foreign Minister Luis Amado said.

Amado, whose country currently holds the rotating EU presidency, told the press that one of the EU's priorities for the second half of 2007 is the holding of the Dec. 8-9 EU-Africa summit.

EU member states and African countries held their first summit in the Egyptian capital of Cairo in 2000, with the aim to promote relations between the two continents.

The second EU-Africa gathering was originally slated to take place in 2003, but was postponed indefinitely after the imposition of sanctions on Zimbabwe by the EU and due to Britain's objection to the presence of Zimbabwe President Robert Mugabe in the event.

When asked whether Mugabe would be invited for the meeting this time, Amado said the preparatory work for the gathering is still underway and the issue of Mugabe's attendance will be resolved in due time through diplomatic channels.

Agencies
Last Mod: 19 Ağustos 2007, 14:34
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