New United Nations (UN) Secretary General, Antonio Guterres, has committed to good working relations with the African Union.

He was speaking at the 28th summit of the African Union (AU) in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

It was his first meeting with African leaders under one roof, in his new capacity.

He says the UN will work hand in hand with the AU where conflict threatens peace and stability.

Terrorism remains a challenge, and we must continue to fight until we defeat this scourge

Meanwhile, outgoing AU Chairperson Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma has called for leaders to work together in silencing the guns as stipulated in the continent’s developmental footprint, Agenda 2063.

“We must just continue the fight, terrorism remains a challenge, and we must continue to fight until we defeat this scourge. It is with much concern that we learn that sporadic fighting continues in South Sudan. The people of Sudan want peace. We again call on all parties to honour the agreement in order to promote peace, healing and justice.”

Dlamini-Zuma adds: “Excellencies, it is very clear that globally we are entering very turbulent times. For an example, the very country to whom our own people were taken as slaves during the trans-Atlantic slave trade has now decided to ban refugees from some of our countries. What do we do about this; indeed this is one of the greatest tests to our unity and solidarity.”

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– By Amos Phago