Obasanjo meets Sudanese President over instability in Africa

Former President Olusegun Obasanjo with President Omar al-Bashir of Sudan

The President of Sudan, Omar al-Bashir, at the weekend hosted former Nigerian President, Olusegun Obasanjo, in Khartoum to discuss insecurity and instability in Africa, especially the crisis in Libya which has adversely affected other parts of Africa.

Briefing local and international media after the private meeting which lasted over 30 minutes, Mr. Obasanjo said the meeting provided both leaders opportunity to examine peace and security issues in Africa, particularly the situation in North Africa.

“Peace, security and stability which are fundamental to the development of any nation must be our preoccupation,” Mr. Obasanjo said.

“We must do everything possible to ensure that all over Africa, and particularly in North Africa, efforts are made to guarantee peace, security and stability no matter where the need arises.

“My brother (President al-Bashir) and I have agreed to work together with other partners to ensure that stability is achieved in the region and across the continent.”

Mr. Obasanjo chairs the Africa Union’s commission of inquiry on South Sudan and has been a leading advocate of peace and security in Africa.

In the 1990s, he initiated the Conference on Security, Stability Development and Co-operation in Africa (CSSDCA), a policy development process created to function within the framework of the African Union and adopted at the 36th Session of the Assembly in Lome, Togo, in July 2000.

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