At the annual African Union (AU) summit in the Ethiopian capital city of Addis Ababa, Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi urged for the formation of a joint military force to combat terrorism and other growing threats on the continent.
According to Sisi, the proposal “derives from Egypt’s belief in the importance of forming this force for peace and security in Africa.” Egypt is one of a number of African countries that have been plagued by both domestically-sprung violence and violence stemming from its neighboring states.
The suggestion comes at the end of Egypt’s year of holding the African Union’s rotating presidency — during its AU presidency conflict has been a central focus of the Union. Last year, Egypt hosted delegations and sought to mediate conflicts and crises in Libya, Sudan, and South Sudan.
In addition to calling for a pan-African fighting force, Sisi offered to host a summit on the subject in Cairo: “I affirm Egypt is ready to host this special African summit stemming from its responsibility and believing in the importance of this proposed [force] to achieve peace and security in Africa,” the general turned president said.