Egypt’s President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi joined other African leaders in a video conference today to discuss an African initiative aiming to mediate in the escalating Russian-Ukrainian crisis.
Other participants included the current Chair of the African Union and President of Comoros, Osman Ghazali, South African President Cyril Ramaphosa, Senegalese President Macky Sall, Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni, and Zambian President Hakainde Hichilema.
The spokesperson for the Egyptian Presidency, Ahmed Fahmi, stated that the African leaders discussed in detail the African mediation initiative between Russia and Ukraine. They affirmed that Africa has a clear interest in working to resolve this conflict due to the potentially devastating impacts on African nations and the rest of the world across various vital sectors, such as food security, energy, and international finance. The leaders also stressed the importance of this effort in supporting global stability and peace.
The African-led initiative underlines the role of Africa in global diplomacy and crisis management. By involving key African leaders, including President Sisi, this effort symbolizes Africa’s vested interest in ensuring international stability and its proactive stance in dealing with global crises.