Tripoli,23rd February 2004,
Libyan Leader Muammar Al Qathafi, last night attended the opening session of the second meeting of the African Union Ministers of Defense and Security being held in preparation for the Extraordinary Summit of the Heads of State of African Union to be hosted in the frontline city of Sirte between 27th and 28th of this month to study the prospects of economic and social development and
joint defense in the African continent in accordance with the proposal of the Libyan Leader, Muammar Al Qathafi,which he presented at African Union summits in Durban and Maputu.
The Mozembiquean Minister of Defense, Toplas Joackim, whose country presided over the African Union, opened the meeting. He delivered a speech in which he saluted the warm reception and generous hospitality reserved to African Defence Ministers and their accompanying delegations since their arrival in the Great Jamahiriya, the land of all Africans.
Following the review of the agenda items a number of Defence ministers
delivered speeches saluting the role played by the Libyan Leader towards consolidating peace and security across the African continent.
The African ministers are to resume their meeting today Monday,the 23rd of February 2004.
Webmaster's Observation: Somalia is represented in this meeting by delegate Adam Ahmed Abdi who is the Defence Minister of the TNG .