Politics - Diplomacy
  • Paris welcomes lifting of EU embargo on Libya
    12 october 2004 22:49:00
    Paris- France (PANA) -- French Foreign minister Michel Barnier Tuesday lauded the lifting of the European Union's arms embargo on Libya, noting that France contributed much to the move. Full text...

  • Mauritania, Libya still keeping the distance
    07 october 2004 08:25:00
    Nouakchott- Mauritania (PANA) -- Mauritania and Libya have been boycotting attending each other's public functions for some months now, according to diplomatic sources in Nouakchott. Full text...

  • French, Eritrean foreign ministers discuss Horn of Africa
    06 october 2004 21:03:00
    Paris- France (PANA) -- French Foreign Minister Michel Barnier and his Eritrean counterpart Ali Said Abdellah Wednesday held talks here that primarily centred on the Horn of Africa, a French official said. Full text...

  • French foreign minister visits Tripoli Wednesday
    04 october 2004 23:52:00
    Paris- France (PANA) -- French foreign minister Michel Barnier is expected Wednesday in Tripoli for a working visit aimed at further cementing ties between France and Libya, official sources revealed here Monday. Full text...

  • France appoints new envoy to Mauritius
    04 october 2004 16:26:00
    Paris- France (PANA) -- French President Jacques Chirac has appointed Dominique Renaux as France's new ambassador to Mauritius, French officials told PANA in Paris Monday. Full text...

  • Diarra, Barnier meet in Paris
    01 october 2004 21:11:00
    Paris- France (PANA) -- Visiting Ivorian Prime Minister Seydou Diarra met here Friday with French Foreign Minister Michel Barnier in Paris, according to French officials. Full text...

  • Kigali names 4 new ambassadors
    29 september 2004 13:54:00
    Kigali- Rwanda (PANA) -- Rwanda has nominated new ambassadors to China, India, France and Canada, according to a statement issued by the cabinet here Wednesday. Full text...

  • France appoints new Ambassador to Rwanda
    18 september 2004 16:51:00
    Paris- France (PANA) -- Dominique Decherf has been appointed new French Ambassador to Kigali, Rwanda, official sources confirmed here Friday. Full text...

  • Benin minister stresses disarmament for peace and development
    16 september 2004 22:20:00
    Cotonou- Benin (PANA) -- Benin considers disarmament as fundamental to peace and development, Foreign Affairs minister Rogatien Biaou said here Thursday. Full text...

  • Morocco recalls ambassador to South Africa
    15 september 2004 23:20:00
    Rabat- Morocco (PANA) -- Morocco has recalled its ambassador to Pretoria for consultation after South Africa declared recognition Wednesday of the Sahrawi Arab Democratic Republic (SADR) self- proclaimed by the Polisario Front. Full text...

  • Belgium appoints new ambassador to DR Congo
    07 september 2004 11:57:00
    Brussels- Belgium (PANA) -- Belgium has appointed Johan Swinnen as its new ambassador to DR Congo, according to a statement issued on Monday by the Foreign ministry in Brussels. Full text...

  • Belgium names new ambassador to DR Congo
    06 september 2004 22:24:00
    Brussels- Belgium (PANA) -- Diplomat Johan Swinnen has been appointed Belgian ambassador to DR Congo, official sources disclosed here Monday. Full text...

  • CAR hails Kadhafi's role on the continent
    04 september 2004 20:12:00
    Tripoli- Libya (PANA) -- The regime in the Central African Republic has commended Libyan leader Moammar Kadhafi for his "pioneering role" toward bringing peace, stability and security within the Community of Sahel-Saharan States (CEN-SAD) and beyond, the Libyan News Agency (JANA) reported. Full text...

  • France urges Somalis to elect a president soon
    04 september 2004 15:18:00
    Paris- France (PANA) -- Authorities in France have expressed satisfaction over the inaugural session of Somalia's transitional parliament, saying Paris hoped that this event will pave the way for a speedy election of the president of Somalia. Full text...

  • France names new ambassador to Ethiopia
    03 september 2004 17:19:00
    Paris- France (PANA) -- France has appointed Stephane Gompertz as its new ambassador to Ethiopia, official sources told PANA in Paris Friday. Full text...

  • France appoints new ambassador to Sudan
    03 september 2004 11:07:00
    Paris- France (PANA) -- French President Jacques Chirac has appointed Christine Robichon as ambassador to Sudan, an official source revealed here Friday. Full text...

  • Kenya takes lead in mediation of conflicts in East Africa
    31 august 2004 18:48:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Against the backdrop of progress in the peace processes in Somalia and Sudan, Kenya is steadily emerging as a key broker in the mediation of conflicts in East Africa and the Great Lakes region. Full text...

  • Kibaki outlines Kenya's foreign policy
    30 august 2004 15:07:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- President Mwai Kibaki on Monday outlined Kenya's foreign policy saying the country should play a central role in global affairs. Full text...

  • Malawi leader ends extended visit to Zimbabwe
    29 august 2004 17:59:00
    Harare- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- Malawi President Bingu wa Mutharika returned home after an extended visit to Zimbabwe Sunday. Full text...

  • Mubarak congratulates Kadhafi on Revolution Day
    29 august 2004 16:25:00
    Tripoli- Libya (PANA) -- President Hosni Mubarak of Egypt Sunday congratulated Colonel Moammar Kadhafi and the people of Libya on the 35th anniversary of the 1 September Revolution, the Libyan News Agency (JANA) reported. Full text...

  • Uganda-Rwanda relations improving, says UK
    27 august 2004 11:25:00
    Kampala- Uganda (PANA) -- Soured relations between Rwanda and Uganda are believed to be on the mend after a series of meetings between the two neighbours, according to a British official whose government has been brokering the meetings. Full text...

  • Paris sheds light on MONUC empowerment
    26 august 2004 21:14:00
    Paris- France (PANA) -- The French foreign ministry Thursday said the request to provide additional logistics and enhanced mandate to the UN Mission in DR Congo (MONUC) was aimed at strengthening it to address the deteriorating situation in the country. Full text...

  • France joins Morocco to fight wildfires
    26 august 2004 19:43:00
    Paris- France (PANA) -- Paris has sent manpower and materials to Morocco to help extinguish wild fires raging in the North African nation, French foreign ministry spokesman Hervé Lasdous said here Thursday. Full text...

  • CAR president ends visit to France
    25 august 2004 16:49:00
    Paris- France (PANA) -- Central African leader François Bozize left Paris Wednesday for Bangui following a 48-hour private visit, CAR diplomatic sources told PANA. Full text...

  • France welcomes inauguration of Somali parliament
    24 august 2004 23:26:00
    Paris- France (PANA) -- The French foreign ministry on Tuesday welcomed the inauguration of the transitional parliament of Somalia in Nairobi, Kenya on 22 august. Full text...

  • Japan renews invitation to Kadhafi
    23 august 2004 18:33:00
    Tripoli- Libya (PANA) -- Japanese ambassador to Tripoli Hirochi Shiojiry on Monday renewed his Prime Minister's invitation to Colonel Moammar Kadhafi to visit Tokyo in recognition of the role he plays in Africa and around the world. Full text...

  • EU envoy tours Great Lakes region
    21 august 2004 18:59:00
    Brussels- Belgium (PANA) -- European Union special envoy Aldo Ajello leaves Brussels on Sunday for a tour of the Great Lakes region, according to a release issued here Friday. Full text...

  • Obiang Nguema hails Kadhafi's peace efforts
    21 august 2004 18:37:00
    Tripoli- Libya (PANA) -- President Teodoro Obiang Nguema of Equatorial Guinea has paid tribute to Libyan leader Colonel Muammar Kadhafi for his role in consolidating peace, security and stability in Africa, official sources said here. Full text...

  • France appoints a new envoy to Tanzania
    20 august 2004 10:41:00
    Paris- France (PANA) -- Diplomat Emmanuelle d'Achon has been named Ambassador of France to Tanzania by French President Jacques Chirac, official sources revealed here Friday. Full text...

  • France urges Great Lakes states to show restraint
    19 august 2004 14:57:00
    Paris- France (PANA) -- France on Thursday appealed to countries in the African Great Lakes region to show restraint and prevent an escalation of violence in the area after the massacre of about 160 refugees at Gatumba near Bujumbura, the Burundi capital. Full text...

  • Nigeria protests lack of parking space at US missions
    13 august 2004 11:22:00
    Abuja- Nigeria (PANA) -- Nigeria has formally protested to the US government over lack of parking spaces for its diplomats at the country's missions in New York City and in Washington, D. Full text...

  • Senegalese minister says Morocco's sovereignty is non-negotiable
    13 august 2004 09:00:00
    Rabat- Morocco(PANA) -- Senegalese minister of Foreign Affairs, Cheikh Tidiane Gadio has affirmed that Morocco's sovereignty, just like that of any other African country "is not negotiable," adding nonetheless in an interview with the Moroccan newspaper Le Matin du Sahara that "all arrangements are possible". Full text...

  • Prodi pats Kadhafi on role in global peace, security
    12 august 2004 19:59:00
    Tripoli- Libya (PANA) -- European Commission president Romano Prodi has expressed appreciation for the role Libyan leader Moammar Kadhafi continues to play in the search for global peace and security. Full text...

  • Kadhafi, Konare hold talks on AU, Sudan
    12 august 2004 19:27:00
    Tripoli- Libya (PANA) -- Libyan leader Moammar Kadhafi and the chairperson of the African Union (AU) commission, Alpha Omar Konare, have been holding talks on a range of issues on the African continent, official sources revealed here Thursday. Full text...

  • Mali wants SAA flights between Bamako, Jo'burg
    12 august 2004 15:50:00
    Johannesburg- South Africa (PANA) -- The Malian government has requested South Africa to explore the implementation of a bilateral air services agreement through the introduction of flights between Johannesburg and Bamako by the South African Airways, the former's national carrier. Full text...

  • Libya plans to reopen embassy in Equatorial Guinea
    10 august 2004 20:28:00
    Malabo- Equatorial Guinea (PANA) -- Libya is considering reopening its embassy in Malabo, the Equatorial Guinea capital, after 24 years of closure, diplomatic sources said here Tuesday. Full text...

  • Bongo declines invitation from French counterpart
    10 august 2004 16:24:00
    Libreville- Gabon (PANA) -- President Omar Bongo Ondimba of Gabon will not attend the festivities marking the 60th anniversary of the allied troops' landing in Provence (France) due to a busy schedule, official sources said Tuesday in Brazzaville. Full text...

  • Azali stops over in Sudan en route to France
    09 august 2004 19:53:00
    Moroni- Comoros (PANA) -- President Azali Assoumani of the Union of Comoros, en route to France on an official visit Monday, plans to stop over in Khartoum for talks with the Sudanese authorities, official sources said here. Full text...

  • Tunisia committed to strengthening of AU structures
    09 august 2004 12:43:00
    Tunis- Tunisia (PANA) -- President Zine El Abidine Ben Ali of Tunisia last Friday stated his country's commitment to efforts to set up the structures of the African Union. Full text...

  • South Africa, Mali to hold cooperation talks
    09 august 2004 10:59:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- South African Foreign Minister Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma is expected to host her Malian counterpart Moctar Ouane for the first session of a Joint Commission of Cooperation between the two states on Tuesday and Wednesday. Full text...

  • Libya's Colonel Kadhafi writes to Moroccan king
    07 august 2004 19:34:00
    Tripoli- Libya (PANA) -- Colonel Moammar Kadhafi of Libya has written to King Mohammed VI of Morocco about the Arab Maghreb Union's (UMA) consolidation process, the activation of UMA institutions, and the co-ordination of its external vis-à-vis other regional and international organisations, the Libyan News agency JANA reported Saturday. Full text...

  • Kenyan envoy presents credentials to Obasanjo
    07 august 2004 17:32:00
    Abuja- Nigeria (PANA) -- Kenya's new High Commissioner to Nigeria, Daniel Koikoi, has presented his letters of credence to President Olusegun Obasanjo, with the Nigerian leader challenging him to explore more areas of economic cooperation between the two countries during his tenure. Full text...

  • Burkina Faso, Benin accredit new envoys to Mauritania
    30 july 2004 12:04:00
    Nouakchott- Mauritania (PANA) -- Mauritanian President Maaouya Ould Sid'Ahmed Taya has received the credentials of the new Ambassadors of Burkina Faso and Benin accredited to his country. Full text...

  • New Belgian foreign minister lists Africa as priority
    29 july 2004 15:26:00
    Brussels- Belgium (PANA) -- Newly-appointed Belgian foreign minister, Karel De Gucht, pledged Thursday to grant "particular attention" to Africa and continue the country's policy towards Central Africa. Full text...

  • Obasanjo optimistic on Zimbabwe's return to Commonwealth
    27 july 2004 12:26:00
    Abuja- Nigeria (PANA) -- President Olusegun Obasanjo of Nigeria has expressed hope that Zimbabwe will return to the Commonwealth by 2005. Full text...

  • Moroccan king meets Ivorian minister
    27 july 2004 09:14:00
    Rabat- Morocco (PANA) -- King Mohammed VI of Morocco held an audience at the Royal Palace of Tetouan (north) with Mel Eg Theodore, the Ivorian Minister of African Integration, an envoy of President Laurent Gbagbo. Full text...

  • Malawi appoints new ambassador to the EU
    25 july 2004 10:53:00
    Brussels- Belgium (PANA) -- The European Union has approved Brian Granthen Bowler as Malawi's new ambassador to the EU, replacing Jerry Alexander Alikopaga Jana. Full text...

  • Libyan, US officials hold talks in Tripoli
    21 july 2004 23:29:00
    Tripoli- Libya (PANA) -- US Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs Charles Snyder Wednesday hailed the pioneer role played by Libyan leader Mouammar Kadhafi in the establishment and launching of the African Union (AU). Full text...

  • Reunion, India to step up cooperation
    21 july 2004 21:19:00
    Saint-Denis- Reunion (PANA) -- Reunion vice president Wilfrid Bertile, who met Tuesday with Indian envoy France Dilip Lahiri affirmed the island's desire to enhance cooperation with the sub continent. Full text...

  • Chirac, Obiang Nguema hold talks in Paris
    21 july 2004 19:43:00
    Paris- France (PANA) -- French President Jacques Chirac held talks here Wednesday with his counterpart from Equatorial Guinea, Teodoro Obiang Nguema, currently on a private visit to France. Full text...

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