Second Afro-Arab summit kicks off in Sirte

09:15, October 11, 2010      

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More than 60 Arab and African leaders opened the second Arab-African summit in Libyan city Sirte on Sunday, which is to promote regional cooperation and discuss regional issues.

Hosted by the Libyan leader Muammar Ghaddafi, the summit is to focus on regional cooperation on energy water resources, infrastructure investment, food security and agriculture, and regional issues on security, fighting terrorism and coordination in international affairs.

Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak, who was the chairman of the first Arab-African summit held in Cairo in 1977, called upon in his opening speech that Arab and African countries place the mutual cooperation, within the framework of Arab League (AL) and African Union (AU), on the top priority.

Mubarak noted that the Africa and Arab countries need to work together to address the common challenges to them, including food crisis, climate change, energy price fluctuations, deterioration of economic environment for developing countries and bloody clashes in some regions.

He also appreciated the AL and AU commission's effort to make a new Arab-African Partnership Strategy. "We have lost some chances in the past few years, now we have to seize the opportunity to broaden our cooperation," the president added.

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