AU Commission Chairperson receives highest national Order of Serbia

South African Home Affairs Minister Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma addresses the media during the leaders meeting at the African Union (AU) in Addis Ababa July 15, 2012. African leaders brought together the presidents of feuding neighbours Sudan and South Sudan on Saturday and fleshed out a plan for military intervention in northern Mali where they said al Qaeda-linked rebels threatened the continent's security. REUTERS/Tiksa Negeri (ETHIOPIA - Tags: SOCIETY POLITICS)

The President of the Republic of Serbia, H.E. TomislavNikolic, has bestowed the Chairperson of the African Union Commission, Dr. Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma, with the highest Order of the Republic of Serbia on strips.

The Ambassador of Serbia to Ethiopia and the African Union, H.E. Dragan Mraovic, delivered the Award, decorated the Chairperson and read out a special message in his capacity as the Special Envoy of the President of Serbia.

During a solemn ceremony that took place at the AU Headquarters in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, the Special Envoy said, the highest Order the Republic of Serbia on Strips, was being awarded to the Chairperson for her“merits in the development and strengthening of peaceful cooperation and friendly relations between the Republic of Serbia and the African Union.”

“The Republic of Serbia is grateful to Your Excellency for raising the level and quality of the relations of my country and the Commission of the African Union to the high ground. Your official visit to Belgrade, June 26-30. 2015 was the crown of our cooperation. The Memorandum of Understanding on Economic Cooperation of the Republic of Serbia and the Commission of the African Union signed on that occasion is important event in our cooperation.”The message delivered by Serbian Special Envoy read.

Receiving the Award, the AU Commission Chairperson said that she was very honoured for the award, and thanked Serbia for the continued cooperation between Africa and Serbia. She also recognised the historic role played by the Former Yugoslavia, which Serbia continues to play today.

Source: Africa Union Commission

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