African Union head hold talks with Malawi President Banda

The head of the African Union, Benin President Boni Yayi, on Tuesday arrived in the country and held talks with President Joyce Banda at Kamuzu Palace in the capital Lilongwe.

The details of their discussions were kept under wraps.

But speaking to reporters after the meeting, Yayi said he icame to invite President Banda to the forthcoming AU Summit in Ethiopia where among other issues to be discussed will be how African countries could enhance peace and stability.

He said African leaders shall also be discussing how the conflicts that have rocked the continent could be resolved and how the African countries could uplift the wellbeing of its people through improved economy.

President Joyce Banda welcoming AU chair Benin President Dr Thomas Boni Yayi at Kamuzu Palace – pic by Lisa Vintulla

The AU Chair then asked President Banda not to delegate but try her means and ensure that she attends the summit.

“I thought of coming to Malawi to see my sister and ask her to attend the forthcoming African Union summit. The meeting in Ethiopia is very important because we shall be discussing about Pan-Africanism.

“We really need to strengthen unity in Africa, we need to improve trade in our continent and we need to fight poverty. However, to achieve that, there must be mutual understanding between presidents,” Benin President explained.

Banda then assured the AU chair that she will try all means to attend the meeting in Ethiopia. The Malawi leader said there is a lot that the continent need to do in order to improve the economy.

“Africa has always been regarded as a poor continent but in actual fact it is not. We can change this perception through hard work and mutual understanding amongst countries.

“I am happy to report that during the shortest stay of my brother Boni Yayi, we have discussed a number of issues among them is how we can make our African  economy grow and ensure that there is no conflicts in the continent,” President Banda said.

The Malawi leader added that another reason the AU Chair came to see her was to brief her on how Malawi was fairing in the continent. Boni Yayi left the country the same night through Kamuzu International Airport.

Before coming to Malawi he was in Zimbabwe where he held discussions with President Robert Mugabe, he was also in Tanzania early in the day where he met its Presidentand has been in Angola on similar mission.

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