Zuma calls for AU-EU relations to undergo radical change

Leaders from Europe and Africa are holding their first joint summit in the Ivory Coast.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel (left) shake hands with South Africa's President Jacob Zuma (right) while the Prime of Minister of Algeria, Abdelmalek Sellal, looks on at the Fifth African Union-European Union Summit which is taking place in Abidjan, the Republic of Cote D'Ivoire. Picture: GCIS

PRETORIA - Leaders from Europe and Africa are holding their first joint summit in the Ivory Coast.

It'll be the first time the African Union will represent the continent in talks with the European Union.

Meanwhile, President Jacob Zuma's calling for the model of Africa-Europe relations to undergo a radical change.

Addressing the summit in Abidjan, Zuma said the new equal partnership must encompass migration, peace and security and youth development.

These are the central themes of the gathering of more than 80 leaders from the neighbouring continents.

Zumas condemned those engaged in modern slavery involving migrants detained in Libya.

He has called for strong support for Libya in combating this evil, without criticising the transitional government in Tripoli for failing to stop it.

(Edited by Shimoney Regter)