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Africa – Diplomacy: Africa has its own passport!

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Written by Deckson N.

The first two copies of the document were presented at the opening of the African Union Summit in Rwanda.

It is done! Just like the European Union with a Schengen passport, the African Union now has its passport. The first two copies of the document, printed by Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, the President of the AU Commission (African Union) were presented on July 17, 2016 at the opening of the 27th Summit of the AU Heads of State.

The first copies of the precious were returned to the Chairperson of the AU, Idris Deby Itno and his counterpart from Rwanda, Paul Kagame, host of the current summit.

Initially, the primary beneficiaries of the African passports were to be only the Heads of State and Government, Ministers of Foreign Affairs and some senior diplomats. But Dlamini-Zuma said he had received several requests from other people who would like to obtain the document. Also, she urged countries on the continent to deliver the document to their nationals.

The document will ensure the entry and stay of its holder without a visa for a period of 30 days in any country of the continent. What constitutes a breakthrough in relations between the countries of Africa.

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