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Dlamini-Zuma, Mugabe meet ahead of AU summit

19 May 2015, 17:15

Cape Town – The African Union Commission chairperson Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma says all is set for the upcoming AU two-day summit to be held in Johannesburg next month.

According to Zimbabwe's state owned newspaper, The Herald, Dlamini-Zuma was speaking in Harare on Monday after meeting with the AU chair, President Robert Mugabe.

The summit will be held between June 14 and 15 under the theme: "Year of Women Empowerment and Development Towards Africa’s Agenda 2063."

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Dlamini-Zuma told journalists that she was in Harare to consult with Mugabe on the preparations for the summit.

"I just came to brief and get guidance about the summit and that is exactly what we did... We discussed how the summit will be structured, who will be doing what and we are happy with the guidance," Dlamini-Zuma was quoted as saying.

Peace accord

Mugabe said a 100% turnout was expected, although some heads of state may send representatives.

The mid-term summit will take place amid a number of challenges in countries such as Burundi, South Sudan, Sudan, Mali and Somalia.

Mugabe was in Mali over the weekend to witness the signing of a peace accord between Tuareg-led rebels and the government.

The signing of the peace accord in Mali followed months of UN-backed negotiations.

The summit was initially supposed to take place in Chad.

Reports said earlier this year that Chad's government indicated it could not host the summit because of economic difficulties.

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