Washington: US Deputy National Security Advisor Denis McDonough and African Union Commission Chairperson Jean Ping discussed the present situation in Libya, Sudan, Cote d’Ivoire and Somalia in a meeting on Thursday.

During the meeting, McDonough and Ping tried to figure out how the US and African Union can partner on a range of development and democracy related issues.

“McDonough stressed the importance of the AU, the Arab League, the UN, and NATO working together to secure a peaceful resolution to the crisis in Libya,” the White House said.

He also emphasized the indispensability of the AU-US relationship to their engagement with Africa, and reiterated the US commitment to work with the AU and African governments to strengthen democracy, provide economic opportunity and maintain peace and stability across the continent.

Ping was in Washington to attend the second annual US-AU high-level dialogue, which includes meetings with Secretary Clinton and Attorney General Eric Holder.

In his meeting with Ping, US Attorney General Eric Holder underscored the US commitment to Africa, particularly efforts to promote rule of law and to combat transnational crime.

“We are continuing to solidify law enforcement cooperation between the United States and the African Union, especially in the areas of counternarcotics, and the combating of terrorism, piracy, and organized crime,” said Holder.

The AU is an intergovernmental organization comprised 53 African countries with the stated objective of political and economic integration throughout Africa.

The AU Commission, based in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, is responsible for the day-to-day administration and coordination of the AU's activities and meetings.

The commission is composed of the chairperson, the deputy chairperson, and eight commissioners who oversee distinct portfolios: peace and security, political affairs, infrastructure and energy, social affairs, human resources, science and technology, trade and industry, rural economy and agriculture, and economic affairs.