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The African Union strongly condemns the terrorist attack in Barcelona

Addis Ababa, 19 August 2017: The Chairperson of the Commission of the African Union (AU), H.E. Mr. Moussa Faki Mahamat, strongly condemns the terrorist attack that was carried out in Barcelona’s Las Ramblasarea yesterday afternoon, in which thirteen lives were lost and dozens injured.

The Chairperson of the Commission offers his most sincere condolences to the bereaved families of the victims, and wishes those wounded speedy recovery. He further expresses the AU’s solidarity with the People and Government of Spain.

The Chairperson of the Commission noted that this attack highlights, once again, the insidious threat posed by terrorism to all regions and nations around the world and calls on the international community to persist in their efforts to prevent violent extremism. In this regard, he underlined that Spain remains a critical partner of the AU in this area, noting the important contribution it has made over the years to the AU’s efforts to promote the role of victims of terrorism, and civil society as a whole, in preventing and countering violent extremism.

Portuguese Ambassador Pays Courtesy Visit to the ACSRT

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Thursday July 27th, 2017: The AU Special Representative for Counter-Terrorism Cooperation and Director of the African Center for the Study and Research on Terrorism (ACSRT), Larry Gbevlo-Lartey Esq. received His Excellency Ambassador Carlos Oliveira, the Ambassador of Portugal in Algeria, at the ACSRT Offices.

After an overview of the Terrorism and Violent Extremism Situation in Africa, the Ambassador was briefed on the mission of the Center. The two dignitaries discussed possible areas of cooperation between the ACSRT and Portugal to support Counter-Terrorism and Counter Violent Extremism efforts of AU Member States through capacity building.

H.E Ambassador Carlos commented on the significance of the role of the ACSRT in assisting Member States of the African Union. The Director expressed his gratitude for the visit as it is an opportunity for strengthening the Counter-Terrorism cooperation between the ACSRT and Portugal.

Director General of Uganda External Security Organization Pays Visit to the ACSRT

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Tuesday July 25th, 2017: The AU Special Representative for Counter-Terrorism Cooperation and Director of the African Center for the Study and Research on Terrorism (ACSRT), Larry Gbevlo-Lartey Esq. received a delegation from the Uganda External Security Organization led by His Excellency Ambassador Joseph Ocwet, the Director General of the organization, at the ACSRT Offices.

The two dignitaries discussed the implications of the scourge of terrorism on the stability, Human Security and economic well-being of the member states. They stressed on the need for the AU Member States to support the ACSRT to accomplish its mission as Africa’s Center of Excellence for research, study and capacity building in the prevention and combating of Terrorism and Violent Extremism.

H.E Ambassador Ocwet commented on the significance of the role of the ACSRT in assisting Member States of the African Union to build their Counter-Terrorism and Counter Violent Extremism capacities. He stressed the need for enhanced cooperation between the ACSRT and the External Security Organization.

The African Union strongly condemns the terrorist attack at Finsbury Park, North London

Addis Ababa, Ethiopia – 19 June 2017: The Chairperson of the African Union (AU) Commission, H.E. Mr. Moussa Faki Mahamat, has expressed dismay at the attack in which a man drove a van into worshippers outside the Muslim Welfare House at Finsbury Park, London, killing one person and injuring 10 others.

The Chairperson of the Commission offers his condolences to the bereaved family and wishes speedy recovery to the injured. He also expresses the AU’s solidarity with the Government and people of the United Kingdom.

The Chairperson of the Commission reiterates the AU’s strong rejection of such extremist attacks and calls for sustained efforts to prevent and counter violent extremism, irrespective of the perpetrators. He reiterated the AU’s commitment to work with the Government of the UK and other stakeholders in this regard.