president-libya.jpgHead of State and Government and Commander-in-Chief of the Zimbabwe Defense Forces President Robert Mugabe has left Harare for Sirte Libya, to attend second Afro-Arab summit which was last held in Cairo, Egypt in 1977.

He was accompanied by Libyan Ambassador Mr Taher Elmagrahi and other senior government officials.

The summit is being held in line with the Decision of the 15th Ordinary Session of the Assembly of the African Union held in Kampala, Republic of Uganda, from 25 to 27 July 2010.

The Afro-Arab summit is running under the theme: “Afro-Arab cooperation towards a strategic cooperation.”

The summit aims to forge common policies and strategies for mutual benefit on the political and economic front.

A new plan of action to map the future of the Afro-Arab cooperation is expected to be adopted and will replace the 1977 plan of action which was agreed upon in Cairo in 1977.

The new plan of action will prioritize cooperation in areas such as politics, peace and security, agriculture and food security investment promotion as well social and cultural cooperation.

A joint report on the economic and political developments of the tow blocks prepared by the chairperson of the African Union and the Secretary General of the League of Arab Nations will also be up for discussions at the summit.

 The first Afro-Arab summit held in Egypt in 1977 saw 57 African and Arab Heads of States and Governments deliberating about the establishment of diplomatic, political and economic ties.

However, since the inaugural summit, a lot has changed globally hence the need for the second summit to chat a way forward in line with the current realities.

The Afro-Arab summit has been preceded by a ministerial meeting while an extraordinary summit of the League of Arab states was also held before the summit.

The summit will be attended by over 60 Heads of State and Government.

President Mugabe was seen off at the Harare International Airport by Vice President Joice Mujuru, Media, Information and Publicity Minister Webster Shamu, Defence Minister Cde Emmerson Mnangagwa, Minister of State Security Cde Sydney Sekeramayi, Senator Guy Georgias, Service Chiefs and other senior government officials.