The African Union chairman, President Robert Mugabe has described the just ended G20 summit as a success even though the agenda of the summit took a new urgency as a result of the terror attacks in France.
Mugabe made the remarks on Monday night soon after arrival from Turkey where he was invited to represent the African continent at the 10th G20 summit.
President Mugabe, who was accompanied by the First Lady Dr Grace Mugabe, Foreign Affairs Minister Simbarashe Mumbengegwi and some senior government officials was met at the Harare International Airport by vice presidents Emmerson Mnangagwa and Phelekezela Mphoko, several cabinet ministers, Minister of State for Harare Metropolitan province Miriam Chikukwa, Chief Secretary to the President and Cabinet Dr Misheck Sibanda, senior government officials and service chiefs among others.
The G20 summit ended on Monday in the resort town of Antalya in Turkey and the agenda of the summit had to be altered with participating countries setting aside some issues that were on the agenda to first deal with the fight against terrorism.
Minister Mumbengegwi says the other two African heads of state who attended the summit, President Jacob Zuma of South Africa (whose country is a G20 member), and Senegalese President Macky Sall (president of the New Partnership for Africa’s Development) who attended upon a special invitation from Turkey President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, were very supportive of the issues raised by the AU chairman during discussions at the G20 meeting.
At the end of the summit, the G20 leaders resolved to co-operate on managing borders, sharing information on suspected terrorists, and freezing terrorist assets among other resolutions.
However, the final statement did not mention specific terrorist organisations.
The leaders also agreed that the global climate conference that is scheduled to begin in France at the end of the month will take place as planned despite Friday’s terror attacks in that country.
Chinese President Xi Jinping, Russian President Vladimir Putin, British Prime Minister David Cameron, German Chancellor Angela Merkel, South African President Jacob Zuma and US President Barack Obama, among other leaders who form the grouping of the 20 most powerful economies in the world, attended the 2-day summit.