The Libyan Ministry of Foreign Affairs said that African unity is key in defending the interests of Africa and in participating in addressing international challenges, including supporting the Palestinian Cause.

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs added in a statement on Saturday on the occasion of Africa Day and the 61st anniversary of the founding of the Organization of African Unity that the unity of the continent is important in reaffirming the firm position of the African Union, embodied in recognizing the right of the Palestinian people to establish their independent state with Al-Quds Al-Sharif (Jerusalem) as its capital.

The statement added that commemorating this day is an opportunity to recall the strength of the common African will of the founders of the African Union, which was an extension of the aspirations of the peoples of the continent toward independence and the development of their countries.

This force was a supportive basis for the efforts to build continental institutions that emerged after the founding phase and continued to be modernized by establishing new institutions after the announcement of the founding of the African Union on September 9, 1999 in the city of Sirte, according to the statement.

The statement called on African countries to deal with the continent's historical and urgent issues in accordance with the vision and specificity of these countries and to avoid aligning themselves behind the tensions that have brought the current international system to complex levels.

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs indicated that this day marks the 20th anniversary of the founding of the African Peace and Security Council, where the State of Libya was elected in 2004 as a founding member, stressing the need to improve the state of peace, security and stability on the continent.

The statement also urged continuing to contribute to supporting African efforts to direct the institutions and agencies of the African Union toward greater cooperation and effective contribution to the success of the continent’s efforts toward international issues.