African Union summit opens with call for seat on UN Security Council

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The first African Union summit in two years opened on Saturday with a demand that the continental body receive a permanent seat on the United Nations Security Council. The two-day meeting in the Ethiopian capital was to focus on a recent string of coups or attempted coups, Islamist militancy, Covid-19, climate-related crises, and conflicts like the one raging in Ethiopia’s Tigray region. But Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed, the summit’s host, opened the pandemic-delayed talks with a call for Africa to be given a greater say at the UN’s most powerful forum. “Today, more than seven decades a…

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