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Didier Drogba meets with French President Emmanuel Macron

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Ghana president Nana Akufo Addo | AFP

European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker (front) attends the opening ceremony of the 5th African Union-European Union Summit in Abidjan, Cote d'Ivoire, on November 29, 2017.

Former Ivorian global Didier Drogba met with French President, Emmanuel Macron on the sidelines of the 5th African Union (A.U.) and European Union (E.U.) Summit now underway in Abidjan, Ivory Coast.

Governments on both continents have in the past few years faced the challenge of migrant flows through North Africa and across the Mediterranean Sea to Europe, with debates over resettlement and how to improve safety along the route that leaves thousands of people dead each year.

The President, who focused attention on Libya, said the once stable nation had become a house of chaos where northbound migrants were often sold into slavery and the means of violent terrorism were transported southward to upend political stability and peace in the Sahel.

Topics of migration and security have dominated the speeches at the opening ceremony, with leaders calling for more jobs and training for African youths and increased funds and support for Africa's fight against terrorism.

This is a key priority for Africa and the European Union as 60% of the African population is under the age of 25. The ensuing high youth unemployment has fueled protests in some African countries and supplied illegal migration to Europe.

The president has stressed that in addressing this human tragedy, leaders need to examine its root causes such as environmental degradation, insecurity and instability, climate change and the lack of economic opportunity.

The summit, under the theme "Investing in youth for sustainable development", will be the first of its kind to be organized under the umbrella of the African Union - European Union, as decided by the AU Heads of State in July 2017.

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