President Zuma Takes Laudable Step To Save Crisis-Torn Libya


President Jacob Zuma has taken another laudable step to save crisis-torn Libya from further demolition.

This comes after the President shoved off other pressing engagements and flew to Addis Ababa Ethiopia to meet with other members of the African Union (AU) high-level committee on Libya.

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The presidency confirmed on Tuesday that Zuma has arrived Addis Ababa, Ethiopia to attend the AU high-level committee on Libya.

President Zuma was accompanied by Minister of Defence and Military Veterans, Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula, Minister of International Relations and Co-operation Maite Nkoana-Mashabane and Minister of State Security, David Mahlobo.

The Presidency disclosed in a statement that the crucial meeting was convened by the Chairperson of the AU, President Idriss Deby Itno to review the evolution of the situation in crisis-torn Libya and the regional and international efforts aimed at addressing it.

In addition, the statement revealed that members of the AU high-level committee on Libya include; Algeria, the Republic of the Congo, Egypt, Mauritania (Chair), Niger, South Africa and Uganda.

President Jacob Zuma “will also participate in the Second Extraordinary Summit of the Volunteering Nations of the African Capacity for Immediate Response to Crises (ACIRC).

The aim of this summit is to discuss the status of the ACIRC Force following the conduct of the Utulivu Africa I and II Command Post Exercises (CPX) and the verification of the pledged capabilities from May 2014 to April 2015,” the presidency stated.

In September, Libyan President Fayez al-Sarraj sent an urgent appeal for help to Zuma at an urgent African Union meeting. As gathered, the emergency meeting of the AU Peace and Security Council was attended by African leaders; who were present at the United Nations General Assembly.

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Libya is currently plagued by political crisis, conflict, and instability. The vigorous conflicts have rendered citizens homeless, while others live in constant fears.

Last month President Jacob Zuma visited Kenya on a three-day official visit. The aim of the meeting was to strengthen economic ties between Kenya and South Africa.