Second Afro-Arab summit kicks off in Sirte (2)

09:15, October 11, 2010      

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Meanwhile, Ghaddafi stressed the natural links between the Africans and Arabs in history, religion, geography and races, and called for establishing a more closed Arab-African community. "We are forced to be united, no single countries can face the challenges alone," he said.

Libya would invest about 90 billion U.S. dollars to the African countries through Libyan banks, he added.

President of Gabon Ali-Ben Bongo Ondimba, on behalf of the African Union President Bingu Wa Mutharika, called upon Arab and Africa countries to strengthen cooperation at all fields. The African people fully support the Palestinian people and their just cause, Bongo said.

Chad President Idriss Deby Itno said that support from Arab countries, particularly Qatar and Libya, on the Sudanese peace process showed positive cooperation between African and Arab countries. He also called for Arab investment to the African continent, saying Africa is the "continent of future."

The Arab-African summit will discuss several draft documents, including the draft strategy for Arab-African partnership, the draft Plan of Joint Arab-African Action (2011-2016) and the draft Sirte Declaration.

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