On 25 Maay, the Islamic Republic of Mauritania – a founding member of the Organization of African Unity in 1963 – affirmed its adherence to the principles of independence, freedom, peace, and justice that founded the African Union, praising the progress achieved by the continental system through its long path in strengthening the frameworks for integration and free trade exchange between the countries of the continent and responding to African crises with solutions of African origin.
Such is the message contained in a statement released by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Cooperation, and Mauritanians Abroad on the occasion of the 21st anniversary of the founding of the African Union.
The statement reads as follows:
“The Islamic Republic of Mauritania – a founding member of the Organization of African Unity in 1963 – celebrates today, like the rest of the countries on the African continent, the twenty-first (21st) anniversary of the foundation of the African Union, and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Cooperation and Mauritanians Abroad takes this opportunity to affirm our country’s unwavering commitment to the principles of Independence, Freedom, Peace and Justice, the founding principles of the African Union, and to pay tribute to the progress made by the system throughout its long history in strengthening the frameworks for integration and free trade between the countries of the continent, and in responding to African crises with solutions of African origin.
It’s no secret that this anniversary comes at a time of great continental and international concern. In addition to emerging and traditional hotbeds of tension, armed conflict, famine, violent extremism and organized crime, all of which have remained obstacles to the realization of the desired development dream, the continent is confronted, more than any other region, with the remnants of the Covid pandemic, the consequences of the war in Ukraine and the disruption it has left in the food and energy supply chains.
In this context, His Excellency the President of the Republic, M. Mohamed Ould Cheikh El-Ghazouani, has made a point, through bilateral and multilateral summits, of stressing that the support the continent has received to face up to these challenges, despite its importance, cannot achieve the objectives set, and that it is essential to erase the continent’s indebtedness in order to be able to face up to these social and economic consequences, and acquire the capacity to benefit from the frameworks of African integration and work towards the horizon of Agenda 2063.”