Politics - Diplomacy
  • Eritrean President set for weekend visit to Ethiopia after renewed friendship
    13 july 2018 13:21:18
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - Eritrean President Isaias Afwerki is expected to visit Addis Ababa on Saturday, days after the thawing of relations with former foes in Addis Ababa, an Eritrean official said on Friday. Full text...

  • UK reaffirms support for Libyan national unity govt
    09 april 2018 19:30:04
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) - The British minister for Middle East and North Africa, Alistair Burt, on Monday reaffirmed his country’s support to the government of national accord and its efforts to reach global national reconciliation. Full text...

  • Gambia condemns attack against Saudi Arabia
    05 april 2018 15:54:07
    Banjul, Gambia (PANA) – The Gambian government on Thursday condemned the recent attack against Saudi Arabia while expressing solidarity with the kingdom. Full text...

  • Zambia expels Cuban Ambassador for attending launch of opposition Socialist party
    01 april 2018 19:21:39
    Lusaka, Zambia (PANA) – Zambian President Edgar Lungu has expelled the Cuban Ambassador accredited to Zambia. Full text...

  • AU Commission chief meets with Mauritanian President Abdel Aziz
    27 march 2018 19:00:28
    Nouakchott, Mauritania (PANA) - Mauritanian President Mohamed Ould Abdel Aziz on Tuesday met with African Union Commission Chairperson Moussa Faki Mahamat at the presidential palace in Nouakchott, the Mauritanian news agency (AMP) reported. Full text...

  • Diplomatic row over Australia's offer to South African farmers
    15 march 2018 14:47:31
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – A diplomatic row has broken out after an Australian government minister said “persecuted” white South African farmers need help from a “civilised” country. Full text...

  • US promises help to rescue Nigerian schoolgirls abducted by Boko Haram
    12 march 2018 19:53:04
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson on Monday met with President Muhammadu Buhari in Abuja and promised American security intelligence, equipment and training to assist in the efforts to peacefully rescue the school girls abducted by suspected terrorists last month. Full text...

  • African Union Commission Chair begins 3-day working visit to Algeria
    11 march 2018 15:56:29
    Algiers, Algeria (PANA) - The Chairperson of the African Union Commission (AUC), Mr. Moussa Faki Mahamat, on Saturday began a three-day working visit to Algeria. Full text...

  • Equatorial Guinea president begins Tunisia visit
    26 february 2018 19:06:38
    Tunis, Tunisia (PANA) - Equatorial Guinea's President Teodoro Obiang Nguema Mbasogo on Monday started a three-day official visit to Tunisia, leading a delegation of several ministers and senior officials of his government, at the invitation of Tunisian President Béji Caïd Essebsi. Full text...

  • Libya, Chad ministers discuss border security, illegal immigration
    13 february 2018 13:42:14
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) - Libyan Foreign Affairs minister of the Government of National Accord, Mohamed Tahar Siala, on Monday held talks with his Chadian counterpart, Mahamat Zene Cherif, on security issues related to their common border and the fight against illegal immigration, according to a press statement issued on Tuesday by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Tripoli. Full text...

  • Tunisia, China sign agreement to build diplomatic Academy
    07 february 2018 09:34:03
    Tunis, Tunisia (PANA) - A technical and economic partnership agreement for the creation of a Diplomatic Academy in Tunis was signed on Tuesday in Tunis between Tunisia and the Republic of China during the ninth session of their Joint Commission for Cooperation in the Tunisian capital. Full text...

  • Rwandan president receives credentials of 10 new ambassadors to Rwanda
    17 january 2018 15:26:35
    Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) - Rwandan President Paul Kagame on Tuesday received the credentials of 10 new ambassadors to Rwanda, a diplomatic source revealed Wednesday here. Full text...

  • Most gov’t travels externally funded, Gambian VP says
    04 january 2018 14:21:57
    Banjul, Gambia (PANA) - Reacting to criticisms that senior government officials are engaged in frequent foreign travels costing tax payers millions, Gambia’s vice President, Fatoumatta Jallow Tambajang, says most of such travels are at the expense of host governments or parties. Full text...

  • AU Commission Chair says 2017 was particularly eventful, "youth our priority"
    01 january 2018 15:47:40
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - Saying that 2017 has been a particularly eventful year, the African Union Commission Chair, Moussa Faki Mahamat, revealed on Sunday that "Youth has been at the center of our agenda", as the organization worked to open up opportunities for them in every field. Full text...

  • South Africa's Ruling party rebuked for anti-Israel stance
    21 december 2017 13:52:40
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – The South African Jewish Board of Deputies (SAJBD) and the South African Zionist Federation (SAZF) on Thursday questioned the motives behind the ruling African National Congress (ANC) resolution to downgrade the South African embassy in Israel "immediately and unconditionally" to a liaison office. Full text...

  • Top U.S. Official, Donald Yamamoto, ends visit to Rwanda
    15 december 2017 15:45:04
    Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) - The U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs, Donald Yamamoto, has ended his two-day working visit to Rwanda, his fourth stage of an African tour that also took him to Somalia, Kenya and Ethiopia, a diplomatic source confirmed Friday in Kigali. Full text...

  • Nigerian gov't counsels Spain on dialogue over Catalonian independence
    02 november 2017 18:47:30
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – The Nigerian Government has urged Spain to embrace dialogue in resolving the political crisis rocking the country over Catalonia independence. Full text...

  • Gambian President receives three new ambassadors
    25 october 2017 17:27:43
    Banjul, Gambia (PANA) - Gambian President Adama Barrow on Wednesday received credentials of three new ambassadors from Kuwait, Mauritania and Nigeria in his office in Fajara. Full text...

  • Rwanda recalls ambassador over new investigation by French judge on 1994 genocide
    24 october 2017 13:57:24
    Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) - Rwanda has recalled its ambassador to France, Jacques Kabale, signaling that it might break diplomatic relations with Paris over a row on a new investigation by French judges. Full text...

  • UN Security Council mission expected Friday in Mauritania
    19 october 2017 14:59:06
    Nouakchott, Mauritania (PANA) – A mission from the 15-member countries of the UN Security Council is expected on Friday in the Mauritanian capital, Nouakchott, within the framework of a sub-regional tour in G5 Sahel countries, diplomatic sources told PANA on Thursday. Full text...

  • Libya: Germany reaffirms support for UN action plan in Libya
    11 october 2017 11:46:08
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) - The German ambassador in Libya, Christian Bock, has reaffirmed his country’s support for the action plan by the special envoy of the UN Secretary general in Libya. Full text...

  • Mauritania: Mauritanian president congratulates Guinean counterpart
    01 october 2017 14:06:50
    Nouakchott, Mauritania (PANA) - Mauritania's Head of State, Mohamed Ould Abdel Aziz on Sunday sent a message of congratulations to his Guinean counterpart Alpha Conde on the occasion of his country's National Day celebration which falls on on 2 October. Full text...

  • Ethiopia: New US Ambassador to Ethiopia arrives in Addis Ababa
    29 september 2017 11:41:10
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - The newly appointed US Ambassador to Ethiopia Michael Raynor has arrived in Addis Ababa with a pledge to help strengthen governance and democracy, the US Embassy said on Friday. Full text...

  • Gambia: Gambian President Barrow meets ICC Prosecutor in US
    22 september 2017 09:43:05
    Banjul, Gambia (PANA) - Gambian President Adama Barrow has met the Chief Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court (ICC), Fatou Bensouda, in United States, who briefed him on the work of the court and called for support from African countries, the presidency said on Thursday. Full text...

  • Qatar: Doha closes Chadian embassy, expels diplomats
    25 august 2017 19:25:23
    Doha, Qatar (PANA) - Qatar has closed the Chadian embassy in Doha and ordered the diplomatic staff of the north-central African country to leave within 48 hours as from Thursday, the Qatar press agency reported Friday. Full text...

  • Chad: Chad shuts Qatar embassy, asks diplomats to leave in 10 days
    23 august 2017 14:54:21
    N'Djamena, Chard (PANA) - Chad is shutting down the Qatar embassy in its capital, N'Djamena, and on Wednesday asked Qatari diplomats to leave within 10 days. Full text...

  • Rwanda: Egyptian President arrives in Rwanda for state visit
    15 august 2017 14:22:45
    Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) - Egyptian President Fattah al- Sissi arrived here in early Tuesday for a state visit to Rwanda, PANA reported from Kigali. Full text...

  • Morocco: Sudan’s Bashir arrives in Morocco on private visit
    04 august 2017 14:43:42
    Rabat, Morocco (PANA) - Sudan’s President, Omar al-Bashir, wanted on genocide charges by the International Criminal Court (ICC), arrived in Morocco late Thursday for a private visit. Full text...

  • Sudan: Khartoum regrets Libya’s decision to close Sudanese consulate in Kufra
    27 july 2017 13:39:35
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - The Sudanese government has expressed regret over the decision of the eastern Libyan Government to close its consulate in Kufra, a south-eastern region of Libya near Egypt and Sudan, saying the move was based on "unfounded accusations". Full text...

  • Ethiopia: African leaders urged to demand end to Israeli occupation of Palestine
    03 july 2017 15:48:15
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) – The President of the Palestinian Authority, Mahmoud Abbas, urged African leaders on Monday to demand an end to the Israeli occupation of Palestinian territory and announced that his country was ready to accept a US peace plan for a two-state solution to the standoff with Israel. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Retired Nigeria diplomats resist attempts to admit Morocco into ECOWAS
    15 june 2017 08:26:44
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - The Association of Retired Career Ambassadors of Nigeria (ARCAN) on Wednesday called on the Nigerian government to resist any attempt by other member countries of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) to admit Morocco into the regional body, the local Guardian newspaper reported on Thursday. Full text...

  • Gambia: Gambia, Russia sign agreement for visa exemption
    05 may 2017 12:57:52
    Banjul, Gambia (PANA) - The governments of Gambia and Russia have signed a bilateral agreement to waive visa requirements for officials of the two countries and facilitate activities involving their businesses. Full text...

  • Libya: Russian delegation visits Tripoli to strengthen bilateral cooperation
    25 april 2017 12:35:11
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) - A high-level Russian delegation, led by the deputy minister of foreign affairs, Mikhail Bagdenov, arrived here Tuesday for a one-day official visit to Libya. Full text...

  • Libya: Lack of communication hinders progress on Libya's national accord
    27 march 2017 19:53:28
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) - Lack of a communication mechanism among opposing parties in Libya is the obstacle to resolving the country's political impasse, according to Egyptian Foreign Minister Sameh Choukri. Full text...

  • Kenya: US President discusses fight against terrorism with Kenyan leader
    08 march 2017 17:57:16
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - US President Donald Trump has discussed the fight against terrorism in the Horn of Africa and regional security with President Uhuru Kenyatta in a telephone conversation where they laid emphasis on the need for closer cooperation, the White House said. Full text...

  • US: West Africa can serve as a model for preventive diplomacy – UN political chief
    07 march 2017 05:35:44
    New York, US (PANA) - The United Nations political affairs chief on Monday stressed that West Africa could be a model of how the UN can work with local partners in bringing stability to regions or sub-regions. Full text...

  • Rwanda: India to open embassy in Rwanda
    20 february 2017 14:10:22
    Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) - India will soon open an embassy in Kigali, the visiting Vice President of India, Mohammad Hamid Ansari, revealed on Monday when he paid a courtesy call on Rwandan President Paul Kagame. Full text...

  • UN: UN chief calls for preventive diplomacy to checkmate conflicts
    18 february 2017 18:44:02
    New York, US (PANA) - UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres on Saturday called for a boost in preventive diplomacy and enhanced mediation efforts to address the root causes of conflicts around the world. Full text...

  • Libya: Italy to open consulate in eastern Libya
    07 february 2017 12:33:30
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) – The Italian ambassador to Libya, Giuseppe Perroni, has said that his country is considering opening a consulate in eastern Libya to facilitate the issuance of visas to Libyans in that region as well as consolidate the mutual cooperation between both countries in the fields of education, health, culture and security. Full text...

  • Libya: Libyan FA minister denounces Trump's ban on Libyans
    01 february 2017 18:27:50
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) - Libya's Foreign Affairs Minister Mohamed Tahar Siala has criticized the Executive Order by US President Donald Trump on immigration from seven Muslim countries, including Libya, saying "it is a racist and unjust decision that should be revised." Full text...

  • Nigeria: Nigeria works for robust and stronger African Union
    23 january 2017 19:14:07
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – Nigeria will continue to work together with other African countries to ensure that the African Union becomes a stronger and more robust organization for the benefit of the continent and its people, Vice President Yemi Osinbajo said Tuesday. Full text...

  • South Africa: Pretoria moves to downgrade Tel Aviv embassy
    17 january 2017 13:51:30
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – The ruling African National Congress (ANC) has called for the downgrading of the status of the South African embassy in Tell Aviv and for a complete review of relations with Israel following a meeting between the Israeli Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, last week and the opposition Democratic Alliance (DA) leader, Mmusi Maimane. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Nigeria severs diplomatic ties with Taiwan
    12 january 2017 09:27:09
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - The Nigerian Federal Government says it will no longer recognise Taiwan as a country and rather pledged support for the "One China" policy. Full text...

  • US: US envoy on African Affairs visits Namibia, Lesotho, South Africa
    26 october 2016 14:39:41
    New York, US (PANA) - The US Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs, Mrs. Linda Thomas-Greenfield, will from 28 October to 5 November, embark on diplomatic missions to Namibia, Lesotho and South Africa. Full text...

  • Rwanda: Kagame warns Kigali could again cut diplomatic ties with France
    10 october 2016 15:29:41
    Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) - Rwandan President Paul Kagame on Monday stressed that the judicial system of Rwanda is not subordinate to France or French interests and asked that those [western] embassies [in Kigali] that delivered services on behalf of the French embassy during the time diplomatic ties between the two countries were severed in 2006 to "prepare [again] to do that" . Full text...

  • Kenya: Kenya, Caribbean nation to establish diplomatic ties
    24 september 2016 14:44:11
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - Kenya and a Caribbean Island nation, St. Kitts and Nevis have signed a joint communique to establish diplomatic relations at the ambassadorial level, Full text...

  • Nigeria: President Buhari leaves Abuja for UN General Assembly meetings
    17 september 2016 13:00:28
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - Nigeria's President, Muhammadu Buhari, left Abuja, Nigeria, Saturday to participate in the 71st session of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA), holding from 19-23 September, in New York, United States. Full text...

  • Nigeria: John Kerry begins 2-day visit to Nigeria
    23 august 2016 13:40:17
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – United States Secretary of State, Mr John Kerry, on Tuesday arrived in Nigeria on a two-day visit, PANA reported from here. Full text...

  • Nigeria: John Kerry arrives Nigeria Tuesday for 2-day visit
    19 august 2016 15:47:38
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – The US Secretary of State, Mr John Kerry, is expected to arrive in Nigeria on 23 August for a two-day visit. Full text...

  • US: US Secretary of State visits Kenya, Nigeria next week
    19 august 2016 15:25:45
    New York, US (PANA) - US Secretary of State John Kerry, will travel to Nairobi, Kenya, on 22 August to meet with President Uhuru Kenyatta to discuss regional security issues and counter-terrorism cooperation, as well as bilateral issues, a US State Department statement said on Friday. Full text...

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