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Thursday, July 22, 2010

AU foreign ministers’ meeting opens in Uganda

KAMPALA, July 22 (Xinhua) — The African Union (AU)’s foreign ministers and ambassadors meeting opened here on Thursday to discuss peace and security and the social economic development of the continent.



On security, the ministers are expected to center on Somalia and the Darfur region in Sudan.
The ministers who are meeting in their 17th Ordinary Session of the Executive Council of AU are also expected to discuss maternal and child health in the region. Other key issues to be discussed include infrastructure, energy, agriculture and food security.

The meeting was opened by Eriya Kategaya, Uganda’s First Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of East African Community Affairs.

The nine-day summit was kicked off on Monday at Commonwealth Resort Munyonyo in a Kampala suburb, with the opening of the 20th Ordinary Session of the Permanent Representatives Committee amid tight security, following the July 11 terror attacks by suicide bombers that killed 74 people and injured dozens of others.

The 15th Ordinary Session of Assembly of African heads of state and government Summit convenes here on Sunday.


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