Thursday
October 11
2018

Twice as many African presidents made it to China’s Africa summit than to the UN general assembly

By Abdi Latif Dahir

As the current chairperson of the African Union, Rwandan president Paul Kagame was among the first five leaders to address the just-concluded 73rd session of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA). Kagame extolled the “deepening” partnership between Africa and the global body, noting, “the dividend of a more focused and functional Africa benefits everyone.”

But even as he emphasized this mutual cooperation, it was hard not to notice the absence of major African leaders at the world’s biggest political summit.

Photo courtesy of Leander Wattig.

Source: Quartz Africa (link opens in a new window)

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