President Idriss Déby of Chad, also the current Chairperson of the African Union and Rwanda President Paul Kagame became the first recipients of the African Union passport.
The e-passport was launched on Sunday during the 27th AU summit ongoing in the Rwandan capital Kigali.
Opening the summit, Deby asked South Sudan’s Salva Kiir and Riek Machar to respect the peace agreement that they signed.
“I want to remind Kiir and Machar of their responsibilities towards the ongoing tragedy of their people.”
He said the violence in South Sudan despite the efforts by the international community is unacceptable.
President Deby commended the AU for their organisation.
“I am the first African to hold an African passport and the 2nd one is Paul Kagame,” he held up the passport for everyone to see.
“We made major milestones as a continent. The launch of the African e-passport is a gigantic step.”