European Union summit: 'Leaders need to examine Libya slave trade root causes'


Chelsea legend Didier Drogba met with French President, Emmanuel Macron on the sidelines of the ongoing 5th African Union - European Union summit.

Leaders at the two-day gathering in the economic capital of Côte d'Ivoire were also to discuss economic development as a way of preventing migrants desperate for a better life from flocking to Europe.

Former Ivorian global Didier Drogba met with French President, Emmanuel Macron on the sidelines of the 5th African Union (A.U.) and European Union (E.U.) Summit now underway in Abidjan, Ivory Coast.

The meeting will discuss how to create jobs and enhance economic opportunities for Africa's young population, as Europe hopes to see African youths securing jobs in their home countries, thus shunning illegal immigration and terrorist recruitment.

He said the once stable nation had become a house of chaos where northbound migrants were often sold into slavery and the means of violent terrorism were transported southward to upend political stability and peace in the Sahel. At the opening ceremony every single leader condemned the practice.

On the other hand, Donald Tusk, president of the European Council has described what is happening in Libya as "scary", insisting that the situation "requires assistance".

The theme is of great significance and a priority for Africa and the European Union, as 60 per cent of the African population is under the age of 25. Many others were exposed to abuse, human trafficking and enslavement.

Europe, struggling to cope with the migrant influx and a rising anti-immigration sentiment, has called for tackling poverty and unemployment in Africa as the root cause of the uncontrolled immigration.

"We strive to enhance societal and political resilience on the continent for the benefit of current and future generations", AU Commission Deputy Chairperson Kwesi Quartey said at a ministerial meeting ahead of the summit.