ADDIS ABABA, Former South African president Thabo Mbeki says Africa should not be distracted by United States President Donald Trump’s alleged derogatory remarks about people of the continent.
Mbeki was speaking to the South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) in Addis Ababa Monday on the sidelines of the 30th African Union (AU) Summit. The two-day summit ended Monday.
In contrast to the harsh remarks, Trump wrote a letter to the AU wishing a successful summit meeting and saying the US profoundly respects the partnerships and values it shares with the AU, its member States and citizens across the continent.
Mbeki says Africa should conduct itself with dignity.
We should be big enough to understand that you know you would have people like that even if they hold positions in important countries like United States who’ll say things that are not that intelligent,” Mbeki said.
“We shouldn’t be so distracted about that because we know that we are not that thing, this unpronounceable word; we’re not that and then let’s conduct ourselves with dignity and not be disturbed.”
Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK