Trump Now Claims to 'Deeply Respect' African Countries After 'S**thole' Comments

Chinese ambassador to the African Union, Kuang Weilin told the media in Addis Ababa on Monday that "it is very hard to understand the claims" and it was entirely untrue.

"With Africa firmly in the lead, we can and will do more", Mr Guterres stated at the 30th Ordinary Session of the Assembly of the African Union, now on-going at Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

"They are yet to offer any explanation on series of reported fraud in the oil sector including allegation of the use of 18 unregistered companies to lift and divert N1.1trillion worth of crude oil in the last one year to service APC interests".

French newspaper Le Monde quoted anonymous African Union sources saying that data from computers in the Chinese-built building had been transferred nightly to Chinese servers for five years.

According to him, even though the continent has missed the timeline set by the African Union (AU) in January, 2012, to establish CFTA in 2017, African leaders still have the opportunity to set it up by March 2018. "Africans are happy with it. Others are not".

Rwandan President Paul Kagame, who just took the reins as African Union chairman, reportedly said Monday he did not know about the Le Monde report. It will generate more economic growth, enhance efficiency and support enterprise and innovation."The Nigerian leader urged his African colleagues to also look beyond the economic benefits of the CFTA, stressing that it will "be another step in uniting Africa and consolidating the architecture of the African Union".

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"I've met the President of the United States. but the President of the United States is", Kagame told reporters in Ethiopia's capital, .

"We need a sustained, cooperative and coordinated approach in tackling this menace", he said while outlining UN-AU combined efforts to fight terrorism.

He did, however, say the AU should have built its own headquarters.

"We have also facilitated humanitarian relief by securing the main supply routes to enable safe delivery of humanitarian assistance to most of the affected populations", the President added.

  • Rogelio Becker