Politics - Diplomacy
  • Libya: Italy expresses hopes of breakthrough in Libyan political dialogue
    05 july 2015 16:58:41
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) - Italian Minister of Foreign Affairs Paulo Genteloni has expressed the hope that the Libyan parties, due to meet again in Morocco on Monday, will sign the political accord proposed by UN envoy Bernardino Leon, according to the local media on Sunday. Full text...

  • US: US slams more sanctions on Burundi, urges dialogue
    03 july 2015 11:40:11
    Washington, DC, US (PANA) - The United States has announced additional sanctions against Burundi following President Pierre Nkurunziza’s continued disregard for the Arusha Agreement by seeking to run for a third term in office. Full text...

  • Burkina Faso: 'Burkina Faso nationals still need visa to enter Tunisia'
    01 july 2015 22:04:42
    Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso (PANA) – Burkina Faso nationals still need to obtain visa to enter Tunisia as cancellation of the entry visa agreed between the two countries is not yet effective, the Burkina Faso government said on Wednesday. Full text...

  • Côte d’Ivoire: Hollande visits three African countries this week
    29 june 2015 18:11:46
    Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire (PANA) – French President François Hollande will on Wednesday start a three-day African tour that will take him to Benin, Angola and Cameroon, official sources here told PANA on Monday. Full text...

  • Botswana: Botswana President visits France
    22 june 2015 10:03:14
    Gaborone, Botswana (PANA) - Botswana’s President Seretse Khama Ian Khama on Monday left Gaborone for France for a four-day official visit. Full text...

  • Libya: Egypt advocates Britain's support for Libya
    18 june 2015 15:35:41
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) – The Egyptian minister of foreign affairs, Sameh Choukri, on Thursday held talks with the British advisor for national security, Kim Darroch, on the latest developments in the Middle-East and its consequences for security in Europe, pleading for Britains' support to the Libyan government in its fight against terrorism. Full text...

  • Niger: President Issoufou begins Japan visit Thursday
    16 june 2015 18:24:31
    Niamey, Niger (PANA) – The Nigerien president, Mahamadou Issoufou, will from 18 to 21 June pay a visit to Japan aimed at strengthening ties between the two countries, diplomatic sources told PANA on Tuesday in Niamey. Full text...

  • South Africa: Egypt invites Liberian President to inauguration of Suez Channel
    15 june 2015 08:56:17
    Johannesburg, South Africa (PANA) - Egypt has invited Liberian President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf to the 6 August 2015 inauguration of the second Suez Channel, PANA reported from here Monday. Full text...

  • Libya: Libya seeks support from OIC countries to eradicate terrorism
    28 may 2015 21:55:45
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) – The Libyan minister of foreign affairs and International cooperation, Mohamed al-Dairi, on Thursday appealed to member countries of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) to help Libya in its fight against terrorist groups, particularly Daech (Islamic State). Full text...

  • Côte d'Ivoire: French FM to attend investiture of Buhari
    28 may 2015 20:12:11
    Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire (PANA) – The French Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Development, Laurent Fabius, will on Friday attend the investiture of Nigerian president-elect Muhammadu Buhari. Full text...

  • Sudan: Sudan, Ethiopia begin "popular diplomacy offensive"
    08 may 2015 20:22:45
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - A large Ethiopian delegation arrived in Khartoum on Friday under a campaign to boost popular relations between the Sudan and Ethiopia. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Govt summons Indonesian Ambassador over execution of 4 Nigerians
    01 may 2015 12:18:45
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - Nigeria's Federal Government has summoned Indonesian Ambassador to Nigeria Harry Purwanto to protest the execution of four Nigerians for trafficking drugs to the Asian country. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Govt. suspends Perm Sec over recall of Nigerian envoy to SA
    29 april 2015 09:09:35
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - Nigeria's President Goodluck Jonathan has suspended the Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Mr. Danjuma Sheni, for allegedly prompting the recall of Nigeria’s envoys to South Africa without due authorization, thus precipitating a diplomatic spat between the two countries. Full text...

  • Mauritania: Ban Ki-moon appoints Mauritanian as special representative in Yemen
    26 april 2015 14:14:11
    Nouakchott, Mauritania (PANA) – Mauritanian Ismael Ould Cheikh Ahmed has been named special envoy of the UN Secretary General, Ban Ki-moon, in Yemen, according to an announcement Sunday by the UN. Full text...

  • Sierra Leone: UN Envoy meets President Koroma, "sacked" VP Sam Sumana
    10 april 2015 15:34:25
    Freetown, Sierra Leone (PANA) - The UN Secretary-General's Special Representative and Head of the United Nations Office for West Africa (UNOWA), Mohammed Ibn Chambas, has met with both President Koroma of Sierra Leone and the elected Vice President, Alhaji Sam Sumana, to discuss the constitutional row over the latter's sacking. Full text...

  • Mauritania: President Ould Abdel Aziz visits Saudi Arabia
    08 april 2015 17:46:15
    Nouakchott, Mauritania (PANA) – Mauritanian President Mohamed Ould Abdel Aziz on Wednesday began a two-day working visit to Saudi Arabia, official sources here told PANA. Full text...

  • Botswana: VP visits Malaysia
    06 april 2015 13:53:04
    Gaborone, Botswana (PANA) - Botswana’s vice president, Mokgweetsi Masisi, left here Monday for Malaysia on a five-day working visit, primarily focused on the exchange of information and policy issues, according to government spokesperson Jeff Ramsay. Full text...

  • Côte d’Ivoire: French Secretary for Development visits East Africa
    04 april 2015 10:20:50
    Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire (PANA) – French Secretary of State for Development and Francophonie Annick Girardin will visit three East Africa countries from 6-10 April in preparation for the Paris Climate Conference in December 2015, official sources told PANA on Friday. Full text...

  • Senegal: AU Chairperson begins two-day visit to Burundi
    26 march 2015 14:52:46
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) - The Chairperson of the African Union (AU) Commission, Dr. Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma, began a two-day working visit to Burundi on Thursday. Full text...

  • Burkina Faso: Burkina Faso demands release of activist arrested in DR Congo
    17 march 2015 20:48:59
    Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso (PANA) - The transitional government of Burkina Faso has asked DR Congo to release a Burkinabe activist who was arrested recently in Kinshasa for attending a workshop organised by a civil society organisation. Full text...

  • Mauritius: Mauritius to open diplomatic mission in Saudi Arabia
    14 march 2015 06:02:40
    Port-Louis, Mauritius (PANA) – Mauritius will soon open a resident diplomatic mission in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, PANA learnt from official sources here. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Jonathan denies speaking with Morrocan King, orders investigation
    13 march 2015 18:21:45
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – With the diplomatic spat between Nigerian and Morocco escalating, Nigerian President, Goodluck Jonathan, admitted Friday that he did not speak on telephone with the King of Morocco, Mohammed VI, as claimed last week by the Nigerian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, ordering a full investigation into the scandal. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Experts caution Nigeria, Morocco over diplomatic spat
    13 march 2015 09:46:50
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - Political and international relations experts have cautioned the Nigerian and Moroccan governments not to allow the ongoing diplomatic spat between them to degenerate and possibly impede the continent’s development. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Did Nigeria's President speak with Moroccan King?
    12 march 2015 09:26:10
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - As the diplomatic spat between Nigeria and Morocco worsens, leading to the recall of the Moroccan Ambassador to Nigeria, the question being asked by observers hits at the very core of the row: Did Nigeria's President Goodluck Jonathan speak on the telephone with Morocco's King VI? Full text...

  • Senegal: Queen Elizabeth says people need to talk, exchange ideas
    09 march 2015 16:49:08
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) – Queen Elizabeth II of England on Monday said that one simple lesson from history is that when people come together to talk, to exchange ideas and to develop common goals, wonderful things can happen. Full text...

  • Morocco: French FM expected in Morocco Monday
    06 march 2015 10:43:09
    Rabat, Morocco (PANA) - French Minister of Foreign Affairs and International development Laurent Fabius will visit Morocco 9-10 March, diplomatic sources told PANA here Friday. Full text...

  • Libya: Russia, EU give Libyan dialogue last chance of support
    27 february 2015 18:04:28
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) – The European Union (EU) and Russia have agreed to support the "last" diplomatic attempt for Libya to get out of the ongoing crisis, according to reports carried by the Libyan media on Friday. Full text...

  • Kenya: Kenya opens new diplomatic mission in Algeria
    24 february 2015 13:53:42
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - Kenya has opened a new diplomatic mission in Algiers, Algeria, and posted Ambassador Moi Lemoshira, the Foreign Affairs and International Trade Ministry said in a press statement. Full text...

  • Tunisia: Tunisia to recall ambassador in Libya for investigation
    21 february 2015 14:08:25
    Tunis, Tunisia (PANA) – Tunisia has decided to recall its former ambassador in Libya, Ridha Boukadi, who resigned on 5 February, to open an investigation into the recent declarations made to media in which he accused the foreign affairs ministry of lethargy with regard to the information he provided to Tunisian leaders of the banned organization “Ansar Acharia", says the Tunisian minister of foreign affairs, Taieb Baccouche, on Saturday. Full text...

  • Morocco: Mezouar, Ross discuss western Saraha issue
    13 february 2015 13:47:40
    Rabat, Morocco (PANA) – The Moroccan Minister of Foreign Affairs and International cooperation, Salaheddine Mezouar, on Thursday held talks with the special envoy of the UN Secretary General in Sahara, Christopher Ross, who is visiting Morocco within the framework of a regional trip that will also take him to the Sahara refugee camps in Tindouf, Algiers and Nouakchott. Full text...

  • Kenya: Kenya, Belarus to establish Diplomatic Presence
    09 february 2015 14:27:39
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - Kenya and Belarus have begun talks aimed at establishing diplomatic presence between the two countries, the Kenya Foreign and International Trade press desk said in a news dispatch from Munich, Germany. Full text...

  • Angola: Uruguay opens embassy in Luanda
    29 january 2015 15:39:42
    Luanda, Angola (PANA) – Uruguay will open its embassy in the Angolan capital, Luanda, in February, in a bid to strengthen the bilateral cooperation between the two countries, according to a representative of the South American country in Angola, Alvaro Gonzalez Otero. Full text...

  • Mauritania: US senator wants US-Mauritanian ties strengthened
    26 january 2015 20:34:10
    Nouakchott, Mauritania (PANA) - Kevin Parker, Senator of Brooklyn, State of New York, who is visiting Nouakchott, on Monday called for the consolidation of ties between the United States and Mauritania at all levels. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Kerry to meet top presidential contenders
    25 january 2015 10:37:43
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - US Secretary of State John Kerry will pay a whistle stop visit to Nigeria on Sunday, 25 January, during which he will meet with President Goodluck Jonathan and his top challenger in next month's presidential polls, retired army General Muhammadu Buhari. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Nigeria's FM summons Indonesian Ambassador over execution of Nigerians over drugs
    18 january 2015 19:16:00
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - Nigeria's Minister for Foreign Affairs Aminu Wali Sunday summoned the Indonesian Ambassador to register Nigeria’s protest over the execution, by firing squad, of two Nigerians, Solomon Okafor and Daniels Enemuo by the Indonesian government. Full text...

  • Senegal:Gambian President Jammeh receives UN special envoy
    15 january 2015 16:44:23
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) – The UN and Gambia have expressed willingness to work together in getting the 30 December failed coup plotters in the West African country face justice, Dr. Mohammed Ibn Chambas, UN Secretary-General’s Special Representative for West Africa, said Thursday in Banjul. Full text...

  • Gambia: Gambia accredits 4 new Ambassadors
    14 january 2015 11:54:15
    Banjul, Gambia (PANA) - Gambia has accredited four new Ambassadors from South Africa, France, Canada and Switzerland, PANA reported Wednesday. Full text...

  • Libya: Govt. bans Sudanese, Palestinians, Syrians from entering Libya
    05 january 2015 13:41:31
    Beidha, Libya (PANA) – The Libyan government on Monday banned Sudanese, Palestinian and Syrian citizens from entering Libya, according to the Libyan minister of Interior, Omar al-Soukni. Full text...

  • Nigeria: President Jonathan visits UK
    28 december 2014 14:14:22
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan, left Abuja Sunday afternoon for a brief, private visit to the United Kingdom, according to a press statement, signed here by the Special Adviser to the president on Media and Publicity, Dr. Reuben Abati. Full text...

  • Tunisia: Tunisia to open six new embassies in sub-Saharan Africa
    16 december 2014 20:54:55
    Tunis, Tunisia (PANA) - Tunisian Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mongi Hamdi, announced on Tuesday that the country plans to open six new embassies in Africa south of the Sahara without specifying the names of the countries. Full text...

  • Libya: 'Egypt is not involved in Libyan fighting'
    02 december 2014 11:47:25
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) - Egyptian troops are not involved in the current fighting pitching different armed groups in Libya, Libya's Foreign Affairs Minister Mohamed al-Dairi has said. Full text...

  • Libya: 'Italian armed forces ready to help Libya'
    26 november 2014 20:03:18
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) - The Italian Foreign Minister, Paulo Gentiloni, says that Libya is on the verge of collapse and the European nation's armed forces were ready to help if asked by the UN. Full text...

  • Côte-d'Ivoire: ICRC, Morocco sign agreement to formalize relations
    24 november 2014 19:15:54
    Abidjan, Cote d'Ivoire (PANA) - The Moroccan government and the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) signed an agreement Monday to formalize the relations the ICRC has had with Morocco since the country gained independence, the humanitarian organisation said in a statement sent to PANA here. Full text...

  • Libya: EU demands protection of diplomatic missions in Tripoli
    13 november 2014 20:14:26
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) – The European Union (EU) has called for the tightening of security at diplomatic missions in Tripoli after the double attack on Thursday against the Egyptian and Emirate embassies. Full text...

  • Libya: Sudanese Minister appeals for dialogue in Tripoli
    11 november 2014 11:05:59
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) - Visiting Sudanese Foreign Affairs Minister Ali Kirti has appealed for dialogue in Libya, saying the crisis in the country can only be resolved if the various parties would talk to themselves. Full text...

  • Côte d’Ivoire: China, Côte d’Ivoire sign visa exemption deal on diplomatic passports
    10 november 2014 14:39:09
    Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire (PANA) – China and Côte d’Ivoire have signed a special agreement on visa exemption for holders of diplomatic passports in the two countries, diplomatic sources told PANA here on Monday. Full text...

  • Libya: Sudanese FM visits Libya on reconciliation mission
    10 november 2014 14:04:10
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) - As mediator in the Libyan crisis, the Sudanese Foreign Minister, Ali Karti, arrived in Libya Monday on an official visit to try to reconcile protagonists in the Libyan crisis, according to a Sudanese diplomatic source in Tripoli. Full text...

  • Sudan: Sudan seeks better relations with US, neighbours
    03 november 2014 00:32:14
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - Sudanese President Omar Al-Bashir has instructed his Foreign Minister, Ali Ahmed Karti, to continue with efforts to improve relations with the United States, despite its long-standing economic embargo on the African nation. Full text...

  • Ethiopia: UN Secretary-General arrives in Somalia
    29 october 2014 13:17:08
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon, arrived in Somalia Wednesday on an official visit, praising the government for leading a battle against the militant group, Al Shabaab. Full text...

  • South Africa: Ramaphosa attends Lesotho's re-opening of Parliament
    17 october 2014 09:29:59
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) - Southern Africa Development Community (SADC) Facilitator and South African Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa on Friday morning departed for Maseru to attend the opening of the Lesotho Parliament reconvened by King Letsie III. Full text...

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