Senegalese President Macky Sall said he will travel to Russia and Ukraine soon in his capacity as the current chairman of the African Union.
The African Union wanted to see de-escalation in Ukraine and peace through dialogue between the two sides, the president said on Sunday, adding that he had received the mandate of other AU heads of state to make the trips.
In a joint conference with visiting German Chancellor Olaf Sholz, he said Africa was keen to see peace through dialogue between Ukraine and Russia.
“We do not want to be aligned on this conflict, very clearly, we want peace. Even though we condemn the invasion, we’re working for a de-escalation, we’re working for a ceasefire, for dialogue … that is the African position,” Sall said.
The Senegalese president said Russia had extended an invitation for a visit while Ukraine’s president had expressed the need to communicate with African heads of state.