TOGO AFFIRMS SUPPORT FOR KENYAN CANDIDATE FOR AU COMMISSION CHAIR

President Faure Essozimna Gnassingbe of Togo has re-affirmed his support for Kenyan Foreign Affairs Cabinet Secretary (Minister) Amina Mohamed's candidature for the position of Chairperson of the African Union (AU) Commission.

President Gnassingbe, who was on an official visit to the country, on Tuesday expressed confidence that Amina will clinch the top position in the election of the next AU Commission chairperson scheduled to take place at the next AU Summit in January 2017.

The Togolese President first declared his support for Kenya's candidate in October when President Uhuru Kenyatta visited Lome to attend the AU Maritime Security Summit.

"I can promise that we will do whatever we can to support Kenya's candidate for AU Commission chairperson position. I know your vision and I am sure that if the Kenyan candidate is at the head of the commission, it will be good for Africa," he added.

President Gnassingbe, accompanied by his host, President Kenyatta, was addressing the media at Jomo Kenyatta International Airport before his departure at the end of his visit that saw him attend this year's Jamhuri (Independence) Day celebrations.

The Togolese President also commended President Kenyatta's leadership in the war against terrorism. "I want to commend you Mr. President because under your leadership, Kenya has been able to defeat terrorist groups. We are still struggling with the vice in our region but we believe we will eventually solve that problem," President Gnassingbe said.

He also praised Kenya's role in regional peace and urged President Kenyatta to continue promoting peace and stability in the region and in the continent.

Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK