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Sarkozy in Ethiopia for AU summit

ADDIS ABABA, Jan 30 – French President Nicolas Sarkozy arrived Sunday in the Ethiopian capital on a lightning visit to attend the opening of the African Union summit.

Sarkozy immediately held a working breakfast with Ethiopian President Meles Zenawi to discuss bilateral matters. He was then to have a quick meeting with UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon before attending the opening of the summit.

The French leader was to make a speech outlining his plans for upcoming G8 and G20 meetings stressing development aid and transparency in markets of primary products, particularly agricultural.

Before leaving after just a few hours he was also expected to discuss with other leaders the two major subjects of the AU meeting: the ongoing post-electoral crisis in Ivory Coast and the revolt in Egypt.

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