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The Prime Minister, Dr Motsoahae Thabane on Sunday led Lesotho’s delegation to the 29th Ordinary Session of the Assembly of Heads of State and Government of the African Union (AU), scheduled for Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, from Monday to Tuesday.

The Press Secretary to the PM's Office Mr. Thabo Thakalekoala said this year's Ordinary Session will be held under the theme, “Harnessing the Demographic Dividend through Investments in Youth” and added that the Summit is an annual undertaking enabling the Heads of State and Government of the AU to deliberate on a number of issues aimed for the development of the African continent as a whole.

On the other hand a press statement from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs states that the Ordinary Sessions of the Assembly of Heads of State and Government of the AU are Statutory Meetings of the AU is held bi-annually in January and in June/July. It adds that the objective of the Summit is to afford the Assembly of Heads of State and Government of the AU an opportunity to reflect, deliberate and provide political guidance on a number of issues facing the continent, as well as to review progress made on the decisions of the previous Summit. 

The Prime Minister’s delegation includes the Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Relations Mr Lesego Makgothi, the Acting Principal Secretary for Foreign Affairs and International Relations, Mr.Thabang Lekhela, Lesotho’s Permanent Representative to the AU, Mr Nyolosi Mphale, the Chief of Protocol Ambassador Masuhla Leteka and other senior government officials.

The Assembly was meanwhile preceded by the 31stOrdinary Session of the Executive Council of the AU from June 30 to July 1, 2017, and the Ordinary Session of the Permanent Representatives Committee and Senior Government Officials Meeting, which rolled from June 27 to 28, 2017 and from June 7 to 8, 2017 respectively. 


Source: LENA 02/07/2017


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