Addis Ababa, 17 November 2021 (TDI): African Union Peace and Security Council (AUPSC) organized the 1048th session at the ministerial level virtually. The topic of the AUPSC Ministerial session is Countering Radicalism & Extremist Ideology in Africa.

Foreign Ministers and state representatives of member countries participated in the virtual session. Egypt holds the chair of the month of the session.

Foreign Minister of Egypt, Sameh Shukri, talked in session. He focused on the building capacity of states to deal with the nexus between terrorism financing and other forms of criminality. Moreover, he also stressed information sharing and coordination to counter terrorist threats.

African Union Commissioner for Political Affairs, Peace and Security, Amb Bankole Adeoye, paid focus on the threats of violent extremism and radicalization to national security. Likewise, he emphasized promoting de-radicalization and Counter Violent Extremism.

AUPSC session emphasized the need to enhance collaboration and cooperation between all member states and stakeholders. Further, AUPSC reminded member states to establish national Counter-Terrorism Centers and cooperate with regional centers in the fight against terrorism and violent extremism.

AUPSC was officially operationalized in 2004. It is a decision-making organ of the African Union (AU). Likewise, it works for the management, prevention and resolution of conflicts in the African region. Besides, it works as collective security for the member states. More, it provides timely and mechanized responses to conflicts and crises on the African Continent.