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Madagascar’s progress towards stability welcomed



26th African Union Summit: Madagascar’s progress towards stability welcomed


The President at Addis
The President at Addis
The delegation led by the President of the Republic of Madagascar, Hery Rajaonarimampianina arrived in the Ethiopian capital in the afternoon of 29th December 2015 to take part in the summit for Heads of State of the African Union. Determined to defend a positive image of Madagascar within the African Union, Hery Rajaonarimampianina asserted that he had gone to Addis Ababa to protect Madagascar’s interests. When he arrived, the Minister for Foreign Affairs, Atallah Béatrice, told him about the African Union’s positive observations that “Madagascar has made visible progress towards stabilisation”. In fact, contrary to previous statements from the AU expressing concern about the past years’ political crisis, this time, the Executive Council had noted in its report the efforts that Malagasy politicians had made towards stability and the reconstruction of political and socio-economic life.

This summit would be an opportunity for other organisations and senior government officials of other observing countries to have discussions with the member states of the AU. The Secretary General of the UN, also present in Addis Ababa, would have a meeting with President Rajaonarimampianina. The United Nations has made a large contribution to the consolidation of peace in Madagascar which, apart from its role in security, constituted a transversal role in nearly all areas relating to security and development (social security, empowerment of women, job creation, etc.) Madagascar was also congratulated by the African Union for having developed its security network. The African Union had given a lot of support in this subject which President Rajaonarimampianiana was very grateful for.
As well as meetings with the Heads of State of the AU, the President would also have meetings with bilateral and multilateral partners. The delegation consists of two ministers, the Minister for Foreign Affairs, Atallah Béatrice and the Minister for Industry and Private Sector Development, Narson Rafidimanana. The latter will also take part in the Summit for US-African Affairs which will begin on 1st February 2016.





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