Politics - Diplomacy
  • President Jonathan to go on state visit to Kenya
    04 september 2013 19:31:50
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - At the invitation of President Uhuru Kenyatta, Nigerian leader, Dr. Goodluck Jonathan, will Thursday embark on a three-day state visit to Kenya, the Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Reuben Abati, said in a statement here. Full text...

  • Great Lakes region leaders to meet Thursday on East DRC crisis
    03 september 2013 18:24:00
    Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) – An extraordinary summit of all the 11 heads of State involved in the initiative, dubbed the International Conference of the Great Lakes Region, is to be held Thursday in Kampala, Uganda, to discuss security issues in the East African sub-region, particularly the ongoing crisis in the eastern part of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), official sources in Kigali announced Tuesday. Full text...

  • AUC Chairperson receives Argentine envoy, ECCAS chief
    03 september 2013 14:40:52
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) – Argentina has re-opened its embassy in Ethiopia in order to work closely with the African Union (AU) “on very important issues”, the South American country’s newly-appointed ambassador, Gustavo Grippo, disclosed. Full text...

  • Egyptian, Libyan FMs discuss border security
    02 september 2013 14:35:13
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) – The Libyan Foreign Minister, Nabil Fahmy, and his Egyptian counterpart, Mohamed Abdel Aziz, on Sunday in Cairo discussed ways and means of enhancing their countries’ bilateral cooperation, particularly their common border security, according to Libyan national television. Full text...

  • Mauritanian govt. condemns hostile demonstrations at Arab chancelleries
    29 august 2013 21:00:48
    Nouakchott, Mauritania (PANA) – The Mauritanian government on Thursday strongly condemned demonstrations held by “small extremist groups and isolated individuals” at a number of chancelleries of Arab countries in Nouakchott. Full text...

  • Nigeria, Thailand can share experiences - President Jonathan
    19 august 2013 19:14:35
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - Nigeria's president, Dr. Goodluck Jonathan, on Monday said that Nigeria and Thailand could benefit from each other’s development experiences, according to a press statement from his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Dr. Reuben Abati. Full text...

  • Zuma salutes Mali’s President-elect
    19 august 2013 11:30:42
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) - South Africa's President Jacob Zuma on Monday saluted Malian President-elect Ibrahim Boubacar Keita on his election victory. Full text...

  • Belgium closes Cairo embassy Wednesday
    14 august 2013 19:20:00
    Brussels, Belgium (PANA) – Belgium on Wednesday closed its embassy in Cairo because of latest violence that broke out in the north African country, according to a press statement from the Belgian foreign affairs ministry. Full text...

  • Sherman to lead US delegation to Nigeria meeting
    08 august 2013 09:18:15
    Washington, DC, US (PANA) - The US has announced that Under Secretary for Political Affairs Wendy Sherman will lead the U.S. delegation in the Regional Security Cooperation Working Group meeting of the US-Nigeria Binational Commission (BNC), to be held in the Nigerian capital, Abuja, 15 Aug. Full text...

  • EU top official visits Egypt, takes stock of latest development
    29 july 2013 15:32:09
    Brussels, Belgium (PANA) – The European Union (EU) Foreign Affairs Commissioner, Catherine Ashton, on Monday began a visit to Egypt to take stock of the latest development in the North African country, currently grappling with political turmoil, an official EU communiqué, obtained by PANA here Monday, indicated. Full text...

  • Burundi, Congo to strengthen bilateral ties
    28 july 2013 13:10:16
    Bujumbura, Burundi (PANA) - Congo and Burundi have agreed to strengthen bilateral ties, as part of the fallout of the three-day visit to Burundi by Congolese President Denis Sassou Nguesso. Full text...

  • Nigeria's President seeks more intra-African trade
    25 july 2013 14:19:10
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - Nigeria's President Goodluck Jonathan has urged African nations to make a greater effort to boost formal economic and trade relations among them. Full text...

  • Libyan, Egyptian FMs discuss cooperation ties
    24 july 2013 15:53:43
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) - Mohamed Abdel Aziz and Nabi Fahmi, the Libyan and Egyptian foreign ministers respectively, held a telephone conversation Tuesday during which they discussed ways of enhancing existing cooperation ties between the two countries. Full text...

  • Nigeria, Kenya sign Joint Commission pact
    16 july 2013 19:24:49
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - Nigeria and Kenya on Tuesday signed an agreement for the establishment of a Joint Commission for Cooperation. Full text...

  • Jonathan seeks stronger Nigeria-US bi-national commission
    16 july 2013 18:32:49
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - Nigeria's President Goodluck Jonathan Tuesday called for the further strengthening of the Nigeria-US Bi-National Commission to make it a more productive platform for boosting bilateral cooperation between the two countries. Full text...

  • NGO wants Nigeria sanctioned for failing to arrest al-Bashir
    15 july 2013 17:46:47
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - Nigerian NGO Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project (SERAP) on Monday asked International Criminal Court (ICC) Prosecutor Fatou Bensouda to urgently refer the Nigerian government to the UN Security Council for failing to arrest President Omar al-Bashir and surrender him to the court to face fair trial on the charges against him. Full text...

  • Mauritania urges Egyptians to go for dialogue
    04 july 2013 19:12:54
    Nouakchott, Mauritania (PANA) – The Mauritanian government, saying that it has "duly noted" the change of government in Egypt, Thursday urging stakeholders in the north African country to quickly revive its national reconciliation commission aimed at entrenching inclusive dialogue and avoiding further deterioration of the political situation there. Full text...

  • US 'values' its relations with DR Congo
    30 june 2013 09:09:18
    Washington, DC, US (PANA) - The US has said it values its relations with the Democratic Republic of Congo (DR Congo), while pledging to continue working with the African nation so it can achieve peace and prosperity. Full text...

  • AfDB President flies to Tanzania for Obama's visit
    28 june 2013 14:26:08
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) – The African Development Bank (AfDB) has said its President, Donald Kaberuka, will travel to Tanzania at the weekend where he is expected to meet with the visiting US President, Barack Obama, PANA reported from here Friday. Full text...

  • US to broaden relations with Mozambique
    26 june 2013 09:07:13
    Washington, DC, US (PANA) - The US has assured of stronger relations with Mozambique so that the two nations can jointly tackle issues of interest to them. Full text...

  • Diplomatic row brews between Nigeria, UK over 3,000-pound visa bond
    25 june 2013 08:53:09
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - Nigeria and the UK, its former colonial master, may clash diplomatically over plans by the latter to introduce a policy requiring Nigerian travellers to the UK to deposit 3,000 Pounds Sterling as bond if they overstay their visa duration. Full text...

  • New US Ambassador to Libya presents credentials
    20 june 2013 14:13:54
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) – The newly-appointed US Ambassador to Libya, Deborah Jones, on Thursday presented her credentials to the Libyan National General Congress, PANA reported here. Full text...

  • Rwandan Foreign Minister visits Angola
    17 june 2013 12:20:08
    Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) - Rwandan Minister of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation Louise Mushikiwabo on Monday began a 24-hour official visit to Angola, where she is billed to meet her Angolan counterpart, Georges Rebelo Pinto Chikoti, to further promote bilateral relations, PANA learned from official sources in Kigali Monday. Full text...

  • New US Ambassador to Libya pledges US-Libya cooperation
    13 june 2013 18:35:06
    Washington D.C., US (PANA) – The newly-appointed US Ambassador to Libya, Mrs. Deborah Jones, has pledged to work with Libyans "who had lived for 42 years under a despotic regime", PANA reported from the US capital. Full text...

  • 'EU monitoring political situation in Tunisia'
    05 june 2013 15:00:19
    Brussels, Belgium (PANA) – The EU Commission’s Chairman, Jose Manuel Barroso, has said that the EU is closely following the political situation in Tunisia where the transitional government is hesitating to draft a new constitution and set a date for elections. Full text...

  • Kigali rejects negotiation with FDLR rebels
    03 june 2013 20:58:02
    Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) – A Rwandan government official on Monday rejected any form of negotiation with the Hutu rebel movement from the Democratic Forces for Rwanda's Liberation (FDLR) operating in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), as suggested recently by Tanzanian president Jakaya Mrisho Kikwete. Full text...

  • Somalia urged to resume contribution to AU in 2014
    26 may 2013 18:01:42
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - Somalia has been urged to resume its financial contribution to the African Union (AU). Full text...

  • US to strengthen economic partnership with Cameroon
    20 may 2013 08:23:07
    Washington, DC, US (PANA) - US Secretary of State John Kerry has expressed his country's willingness to strengthen its economic partnership with the Central African nation of Cameroon Full text...

  • Insecurity in Libya forces British Embassy to trim staff strength
    10 may 2013 18:28:49
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) – The British embassy in Libya Friday announced it would withdraw part of its personnel following the current political and security situation in the north African country, PANA reported here. Full text...

  • US greets SA, Togo and Sierra Leone on National Day celebrations Saturday
    26 april 2013 15:13:48
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - The US government has congratulated the people of South Africa, Togo, and Sierra Leone as they celebrate their National Days on Saturday, 27 April, 2013. Full text...

  • UN Special Envoy to visit Great Lakes Region
    26 april 2013 14:00:09
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - The UN Secretary General’s Special Envoy for the Great Lakes Region, Mary Robinson, will Monday begin a week-long tour of the region with visits to the DR Congo, Rwanda, Uganda, Burundi, South Africa and the African Union (AU) headquarters in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. Full text...

  • Morocco restates support to Libyan transition, condemns attacks in Tripoli
    24 april 2013 16:16:50
    Rabat, Morocco (PANA) – Morocco Wednesday expressed full support for the democratic transition underway in Libya and condemned Tuesday's attacks on the French embassy in Tripoli, PANA reported here, citing a communique from the Moroccan Foreign Affairs ministry. Full text...

  • 5+5 Dialogue Group welcomes political changes in the Mediterranean
    17 april 2013 12:20:32
    Nouakchott, Mauritania (PANA) - The foreign ministers of the 5+5 Dialogue Group have welcomed the political changes that took place since the beginning of 2011, especially along the southern shore of the Mediterranean, as well as the democratic reforms in the sub-region. Full text...

  • Iranian president Ahmadinejad arrives in Ghana
    16 april 2013 19:25:24
    Accra, Ghana (PANA) - Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad arrived in Accra on Tuesday on the last leg of a three-nation West Africa tour that has already taken him to Benin and Niger. Full text...

  • French FM expected Monday in Nouakchott
    13 april 2013 14:13:43
    Paris, France (PANA) – The French Foreign Affairs Minister, Laurent Fabius, is expected in Nouakchott Monday for a two-day visit to Mauritania during which he will hold talks with Mauritanian authorities on bilateral ties between the two countries, official sources told PANA here. Full text...

  • Sao Tome and Principe leader visits Angola
    11 april 2013 12:58:11
    Luanda, Angola (PANA) – The President of Sao Tome and Principe, Manuel Pinto da Costa, arrived here Thursday for a 24-hour visit to Angola, meant to reinforce the bilateral co-operation between the two States, according to the Angolan News Agency (ANGOP). Full text...

  • US greets Senegal on national day
    04 april 2013 09:20:29
    Washington, DC, US (PANA) - The US has congratulated Senegal on its 53rd independence anniversary being marked Thursday, 4 April. Full text...

  • French President due in Rabat Wednesday
    02 april 2013 13:17:18
    Paris, France (PANA) - French President François Holland is expected in Casablanca Wednesday for a two-day official visit to Morocco. Full text...

  • Nigeria 'rejects' UK's extradition request for convicted money launderer
    31 march 2013 13:22:45
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - Nigeria has rejected a request from the UK for the extradition of a former governor of oil-rich Bayelsa State, Mr. Diepreye Alamieyeseigha, to to face money laundering charges in the European nation. Full text...

  • Govt of Premier Tiangaye only legitimate one in CAR - US
    30 march 2013 15:20:57
    Washington, DC, US (PANA) - The US has said the only legitimate government in the Central African Republic (CAR) is the government of national unity led by Prime Minister Nicolas Tiangaye. Full text...

  • Chinese President Xi affirms development cooperation with Africa
    25 march 2013 18:11:40
    Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (PANA) – Chinese President Xi Jinping Monday concluded a one-day state visit to Tanzania, affirming his country’s determination to strengthen cooperation with African countries in their pursuit of development. Full text...

  • France changes ambassadors in Mali and Senegal
    21 march 2013 22:16:47
    Paris, France (PANA) – France is changing its ambassadors in Mali and Senegal with Mr Gilles Huberson going to Mali and Mr Jean Félix-Paganon going to Senegal, the spokesperson for the French Foreign Affairs ministry, Philippe Lalliot, said on Thursday in Paris. Full text...

  • Libyan official, Egyptian authorities discuss refugees/prisoners swap
    21 march 2013 14:53:25
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) - Egyptian authorities have said they will hunt and arrest pro-Mouammar Kadhafi allies who may have taken refuge in Egypt after the fall of the former Libyan strongman, in return for the release of a group of Egyptian prisoners held in Libya. Full text...

  • Corruption pardon controversy: Nigeria says Bill Gates did not cancel trip
    19 march 2013 08:20:35
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - The Nigerian presidency has denied reports that American billionaire and philanthropist Bill Gates cancelled his impending trip to Nigeria because of the controversy surrounding the pardon granted a former state governor who was convicted of money laundering. Full text...

  • Jonathan confirms killing of kidnapped foreign hostages in Nigeria
    18 march 2013 19:53:16
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - Lebanese President Michel Sleiman began a two-day visit to Nigeria Monday with President Goodluck Jonathan saying that his administration was working hard to secure the release of the remains of some of the foreign hostages alleged to have been killed by the splinter Ansaru group of the Boko Haram terrorist group. Full text...

  • Bill Gates 'cancels' trip to Nigeria over pardon for corrupt ex-governor
    18 march 2013 12:50:50
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - American billionaire Bill Gates has cancelled his 27-28 March visit to Nigeria following the diplomatic row between the African nation and the US over the controversial pardon granted the former governor of oil-rich Bayelsa state, Diepreye Alamieyeseigha, who was convicted of corruption, Nigeria's online Premium Times newspaper reported exclusively Monday. Full text...

  • Obama supports ongoing democratic transition in Libya
    14 march 2013 12:27:23
    Washington, DC, US (PANA) - US President Barack Obama has expressed his country's support for the ongoing democratic transition in Libya, according to a statement from the White House. Full text...

  • Rwanda turns down request to send troops to Mali
    13 march 2013 20:38:11
    Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) – Rwanda has turned down a request from Mali to join the international force involved in the liberation of the north of the West African country. Full text...

  • Nigeria sets up panel to probe attack on Embassy in Dakar
    13 march 2013 08:39:37
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - Nigeria's federal government has set up a board of inquiry to investigate the recent attack on the country's Embassy in Dakar. Full text...

  • Britain's Simmonds visits Malawi
    13 march 2013 07:28:06
    Blantyre, Malawi, (PANA) - Malawi's President Joyce Banda has expressed gratitude to Britain for what she has described as the “encouragement and support” extended to her administration’s Economic Recovery Plan. Full text...

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