According to his Senegalese counterpart, Macky Sall, Ukraine’s President Volodymyr Zelenskyy has requested a meeting with the African Union.
Ukraine may be attempting to attract African nations, who have mostly remained silent or neutral in their censure of Russia.
Sall, who has been chairperson of the 55-member continental organization since February, mentioned a call with Zelenskyy on the same day in a tweet on Monday night.
Moreover, the two also addressed the war in Ukraine’s global economic impact and the “the need to favour dialogue for a negotiated outcome to the conflict.”
Macky Sall wrote on twitter, “I thank President @ZelenskyyUa for his call today. We discussed the impact of the war in Ukraine, on the world economy and the need to favour dialogue for a negotiated outcome to the conflict. I also noted his request to make a communication to the AU.”
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Due to Moscow’s long-standing links with Africa dating back to the Cold War era, a number of African nations have remained neutral or quiet in their questioning of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.
The UN General Assembly removed Russia from the UN Human Rights Council earlier this month.
Nine (9) African countries voted against the resolution, while another 23 abstained, accounting for more than half of the continent’s vote.