ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia
French President Emmanuel Macron met with Chairman of the African Union Commission Moussa Faki Mahamat on Wednesday.
After a meeting in Addis Ababa, they met at a joint press conference.
Macron said the discussions include ways to strengthen French-African counter-terrorism cooperation on the continent.
France has been involved in repelling pressure on the south by extremist armed groups in northern Mali and also in the wider Sahel region where terrorism is expanding.
Moussa and Macron also talked about the onslaught of Boko Haram in Nigeria.
The AU boss said that both sides discussed a strategic partnership between the bloc and France.
The French president came to visit Ethiopia on Tuesday – his second stop after a small but strategically important corner of the African nation of Djibouti.
On Tuesday Macron and Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed presided over the signing of cultural, military and investment agreements.
Macron also visited Lalibell, the site of world-renowned rock churches, world-renowned and a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
The French president went to Kenya, the last stage of his tour in Africa.