World leaders vow to fight terrorism


President Uhuru Kenyatta was among world leaders who yesterday vowed never to allow terrorists to distabilise any country in Africa.

The leaders attending the ongoing 32nd African Union (AU) Heads of State and Government Summit in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, discussed and condemned the recent terrorist attack at Nairobi’s 14 Riverside Drive that left 21 people dead.

Newly elected AU chairman Egyptian President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi and the President of the Palestine Liberation Organisation (PLO) Mahmoud Abbas said terrorism should be eradicated and its sponsors identified and shamed.

The Egyptian leader described the scourge of terrorism as a cancer that continues to affect African nations destroying important structures.

“There is need to identify the sponsors of terrorism and address its root causes while putting counter terrorism measures in place,” said El-Sisi during his acceptance speech that also marked the official opening of the AU Summit, also attended by First Lady Margaret Kenyatta.

Abbas called on the world to reject all forms of terrorism, including religious extremism.

Among other objectives, the summit is exploring durable solutions over the issue of refugees in Africa, including Kenya. 

Outgoing AU chairman President Kagame who chaired the session said the agenda of the summit reflects the capacity of AU to address an increasingly complex range of challenges and priorities.

Earlier,Uhuru and First Lady Margaret Kenyatta joined other leaders during the inauguration of former Emperor Haile Selassie Statue outside the AU headquarters.

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