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HARARE, (Xinhua) -- Zimbabwe's President Robert Mugabe (R), his wife Grace Mugabe (C) and Equatorial Guinea President Teodoro Obiang Nguema Mbasogo pose for a photo at State House in Harare, Zimbabwe, Jan. 23, 2016. Teodoro Obiang Nguema Mbasogo arrived in Zimbabwe on Friday for a three-day visit.
Zimbabwe's Mugabe urges common Africa position on UN reforms

HARARE, (Xinhua) -- African Union chairperson and Zimbabwean president Robert Mugabe says Africa must finalize its position on United Nations reforms at the forthcoming 26 th African Union (AU) general assembly to be held later this week, state media reported Monday.

Mugabe discussed the issue with visiting Equatorial Guinea President Teodoro Obiang Nguema in Harare over the weekend.

"So, on the eve of the meeting of the African Union, we saw it fit to discuss what our positions would be in regards to various matters: The matter of the reform of the Security Council and what our position as Africa should be," Mugabe said.

He was quoted by the state Herald newspaper as saying that there were on-going consultations to ensure consensus reforms to the United Nations Security Council (UNSC), the world body's most powerful arm.

Africa is demanding at most two permanent seats on the UNSC which is currently made up of five permanent members namely United States, Britain, France, Russia and China.

Mugabe said he would together with Nguema rally other African leaders to support the position at the upcoming AU summit in Ethiopia.

Mugabe, who turns 92 next month, has been one of the most vocal leaders on the African continent calling for the reform of the UN.

He has been persistent in his call for the UN reforms arguing that Africa's voice need to be heard in the world body.

Currently, Africa's voice in the UNSC is represented by China which is also a developing country.

Mugabe's tenure as chair of the continental body will end this week when he hands over the rotating chair to Chad President Idriss Deby Itno.

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