Politics - Diplomacy
  • Rabat, Nouakchott worry over Middle East crisis
    27 may 2004 16:56:00
    Rabat- Morocco (PANA) -- Morocco and Mauritanian have expressed "deep concerns" over hindrances in the Middle East peace process, reiterating solidarity with the Palestinian people and its national authority. Full text...

  • Ex-Senegalese Premier on post-resignation sojourn
    26 may 2004 16:21:00
    Paris- France (PANA) -- Former Senegalese Prime Minister Idrissa Seck has arrived here on "a retreat", after which he will visit other leading cities, a source close to the ex-premier said Wednesday. Full text...

  • French Foreign minister due in Rabat Sunday
    26 may 2004 11:34:00
    Paris- France (PANA) -- French Foreign Minister Michel Barnier is expected next Sunday in Rabat on a two-day official visit to Morocco, a French diplomatic source said Wednesday. Full text...

  • President Omar Bongo Ondimba off to USA for talks
    24 may 2004 10:28:00
    Libreville- Gabon (PANA) -- Gabonese President Omar Bongo Ondimba Monday left Libreville for an official visit to the United States, where he is scheduled to meet US President George W. Full text...

  • Australian Foreign minister visits Tripoli
    21 may 2004 10:51:00
    Tripoli- Libya (PANA) -- Libyan Prime Minister Dr Choukri Ghanem met Thursday with the Australian Foreign Minister Alexander Downer who has been on a visit here since last Tuesday, to review the state of cooperation between the two countries in the political, economic, scientific and cultural spheres. Full text...

  • French Foreign minister due in Reunion
    20 may 2004 12:41:00
    Paris- France (PANA) -- French Foreign Minister Michel Barnier is expected Friday in Saint Denis on a short working visit to Reunion, a French diplomatic source indicated Thursday. Full text...

  • Sudan envoy's assertions angers Ugandan army
    14 may 2004 16:42:00
    Kampala- Uganda (PANA) -- The Ugandan army Friday reacted angrily to a Sudanese diplomat's assertion that the Kampala army's failure to neutralise the Lord's Resistance Army (LRA) rebels had brought untold suffering to the people of northern Uganda. Full text...

  • Algiers experiences intense diplomatic activity
    11 may 2004 22:53:00
    Algiers- Algeria (PANA) -- The Algerian capital experienced a flurry of diplomatic activity in the last 48 hours starting with the arrival Monday of Abdesselam Triki with a message from Libyan leader Colonel Mouammar Kadhafi to his Algerian counterpart Abdelaziz Bouteflika. Full text...

  • German envoy urges revival of Mano River Union
    11 may 2004 10:04:00
    Freetown- Sierra Leone (PANA) -- The new German Ambassador to Sierra Leone, Dirk Baungartner Monday presented his letters of credence to President Ahmed Tejan Kabbah and called for a revival of the Mano River Union. Full text...

  • Kenyan VP slams US for bullying other countries
    09 may 2004 16:28:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Kenya's Vice President Moody Awori has accused the US President George Bush's administration of bullying weaker nations and repeatedly dictating its will to the UN in total disregard to the existing channels of tackling international issues. Full text...

  • Burundi political groups fill nine diplomatic slots
    08 may 2004 17:58:00
    Bujumbura- Burundi (PANA) -- Burundian President Domitien Ndayizeye has made nine diplomatic appointments for the ex-rebel movement, the Forces for the Defence of Democracy (FDD). Full text...

  • Ravalomanana, Kibaki hold talks in Nairobi
    06 may 2004 15:00:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Kenyan President Mwai Kibaki Thursday held talks with visiting President Marc Ravalomanana of Madagascar in Nairobi on the sidelines of the ongoing Developing Business and Infrastructure in Africa conference. Full text...

  • Obasanjo issues tough guidelines to new envoys
    06 may 2004 13:22:00
    Abuja- Nigeria (PANA) -- President Olusegun Obasanjo of Nigeria has issued tough guidelines to the country's new Envoys, urging them to exhibit a new level of integrity and transparency in their operations or be recalled. Full text...

  • President Chissano due in Paris Thursday
    05 may 2004 08:44:00
    Paris- France (PANA) -- Mozambican President Joaquim Chissano is due here Thursday for a two-day official visit to France, French Foreign ministry spokesperson Herve Ladsous announced on Tuesday. Full text...

  • Mozambican president expected in Paris Thursday
    04 may 2004 23:13:00
    Paris- France (PANA) -- Mozambican President Joaquim Chissano begins a two-day visit to France Thursday, the French foreign ministry spokesman Hervé Ladsous revealed here Tuesday. Full text...

  • Morocco questions rejection of Turkey in EU
    04 may 2004 21:18:00
    Paris- France (PANA) -- The Moroccan Ambassador to France, Hassan Abouyoub, on Tuesday questioned the rationale for the continued rejection of membership for Turkey into the European Union (EU), arguing that it is eligible "through history and geography". Full text...

  • UK-sponsored Commission for Africa holds first meeting
    04 may 2004 11:51:00
    London- (PANA) -- The Commission for Africa launched by the British government recently meets for the first time in London Tuesday to begin discussions Africa's most pressing problems. Full text...

  • Sassou Nguesso vows not to visit France again
    03 may 2004 23:29:00
    Paris- France (PANA) -- Due to dissatisfaction over the latest judicial developments in Paris in the so so-called case of the Brazzaville Beach (missing people) affair, Congolese president Denis Sassou Nguesso is reported to have decided to no longer visit France, "until further orders", reliable sources said here Monday. Full text...

  • Zapatero sets first foreign visit to Morocco
    22 april 2004 10:04:00
    Rabat- Morocco (PANA) -- In keeping with long-held tradition of his predecessors, Spanish Prime Minister Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero intends to make his first trip abroad to neighbouring Morocco -- just across the Mediterranean Sea. Full text...

  • Chirac accepts invitation to visit Libya
    20 april 2004 16:35:00
    Paris- France (PANA) -- French President Jacques Chirac has accepted an invitation to pay an official visit to Tripoli, Libya at a date to be announced shortly, official sources said here. Full text...

  • N'guesso sends two Congolese envoys to Paris
    15 april 2004 16:41:00
    Paris- France (PANA) -- Congolese President Denis Sassou N'guesso has sent to France Justice Minister Martin M'Bemba and special envoy in charge of Judicial Affairs, Emmanuel Yoko, informed sources said here Thursday. Full text...

  • Asmara seeks Tunisia's role in Eritrea-Ethiopia dispute
    15 april 2004 08:32:00
    Tunis- Tunisia (PANA) -- Eritrean President Isaias Afeworki has beseeched his Tunisian counterpart Zine El Abidine Ben Ali to support the decision of the international border commission in the dispute between Eritrea and Ethiopia. Full text...

  • East Timor opens first African embassy in Maputo
    14 april 2004 17:38:00
    Maputo- Mozambique (PANA) -- East Timor has officially inaugurated its embassy in Maputo, the first Timorese diplomatic mission in Africa since the country gained independence in 2002, the Mozambican News Agency (AIM) reported Wednesday. Full text...

  • King Mohamed VI sends message to Biya
    14 april 2004 09:02:00
    Rabat- Morocco (PANA) -- Moroccan Prime Minister Driss Jettou has gone to Yaounde to deliver a message to Cameroonian President Paul Biya from King Mohamed VI of Morocco. Full text...

  • Mbeki congratulates President-elect Michel
    13 april 2004 14:21:00
    Johannesburg- South Africa (PANA) -- South African President Thabo Mbeki Tuesday congratulated James Michel on his inauguration as the third President of Seychelles scheduled for Wednesday. Full text...

  • New British envoy underscores human rights in Ethiopia
    08 april 2004 09:07:00
    Addis Ababa- Ethiopia (PANA) -- London takes deep interest in progress in reforms in Ethiopia towards improved human rights and governance as well as an effective and impartial public service, according to Britain's new ambassador here, Robert Scott Dewar. Full text...

  • Mbeki congratulates Russian Premier-elect
    07 april 2004 08:34:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- President Mbeki has addressed a message of congratulations to Mikhail Fradkov, on his election as Prime Minister of the Russian Federation. Full text...

  • Algerian Foreign minister receives Sudanese envoy
    03 april 2004 14:41:00
    Algiers- Algeria (PANA) -- Algerian Foreign minister Abdelaziz Belkhadem received a Sudanese envoy, Motafa Othmane Ismail here Friday. Full text...

  • Mohammed VI confers with Ivorian envoy
    01 april 2004 19:27:00
    Rabat- Morocco (PANA) -- King Mohammed VI of Morocco held discussions in Tangier Thursday with Ivorian envoy Moise Lida Kouassi, official sources confirmed here. Full text...

  • Irish envoy hails Sierra Leone as model in conflict resolution
    30 march 2004 21:32:00
    Freetown- Sierra Leone (PANA) -- New Irish ambassador Liam Caniffe presented his letters of credence here Tuesday, acknowledging Sierra Leone as "a model for Africa in the area of conflict resolution". Full text...

  • Cameroon recalls ambassador to Malabo
    16 march 2004 17:04:00
    Yaounde- Cameroon (PANA) -- The Cameroonian government has recalled its ambassador to Equatorial Guinea for "consultation", an official statement announced here on Tuesday. Full text...

  • Rwandans to get free entry visa to Kenya
    16 march 2004 14:12:00
    Kigali- Rwanda (PANA) -- Nairobi has lifted the entry visa fee of US$50 charged Rwandans travelling to Kenya, Radio Rwanda announced here Tuesday, quoting Kenyan ambassador Japhet Getuki. Full text...

  • Kagame off to Mozambique on a visit
    15 march 2004 11:58:00
    Kigali- Rwanda (PANA) -- Rwandan President Paul Kagame Monday left for Maputo on a two-day official visit to Mozambique, an official source said here. Full text...

  • Canada, Libya to enhance relations
    12 march 2004 19:24:00
    Tripoli- Libya (PANA) -- Canada's foreign minister William Graham has commended Libya's decision to stop its weapons of mass destruction programme in line with the current international reality. Full text...

  • Mubarak's comments irritate Algerian diplomacy
    10 march 2004 09:19:00
    Algiers- Algeria (PANA) -- Algerian Foreign Minister Abdelaziz Belkhadem has officially protested against Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak's comments justifying his rejection of a US plan for the Middle East. Full text...

  • French president Chirac receives Kadhafi's son
    08 march 2004 22:00:00
    Paris- France (PANA) -- French President Jacques Chirac on Monday afternoon in Paris received the son of Colonel Moammar Kadhafi the Libyan leader, Saïf Al-Islam, who heads the Kadhafi Foundation. Full text...

  • Rwanda reopens embassies in Kinshasa, Ottawa, Tokyo
    05 march 2004 16:12:00
    Kigali- Rwanda (PANA) -- Rwanda is re-opening its diplomatic missions in DR Congo, Canada and Japan, closed in 1996, diplomatic sources said in Kigali Friday. Full text...

  • France names new ambassador to Zimbabwe
    05 march 2004 14:03:00
    Paris- France (PANA) -- French President Jacques Chirac has appointed Michel Raimbaud as new ambassador to Zimbabwe, diplomatic source revealed here Friday. Full text...

  • Discord brews between Paris and Moroni over secularism
    04 march 2004 21:47:00
    Moroni- Comoros (PANA) -- A discord is simmering between Moroni and Paris over the latter's secular vision, with increased correspondence in recent weeks between the French embassy and the Comoros Foreign ministry, diplomatic sources indicated here. Full text...

  • Kadhafi says Libya paid dearly for right causes
    03 march 2004 15:44:00
    Sirte- Libya (PANA) -- The presence of MPs and officials from all parts of the world at the ongoing session of the People's General Congress (CGP) in Sirte, including those from former foes, was a source of pride for all Libyans, according to the Libyan leader, Colonel Moammar Kadhafi. Full text...

  • Gabon moves to refine foreign policy
    26 february 2004 12:17:00
    Libreville- Gabon (PANA) -- The Gabonese Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Co-operation and Francophonie has set up two new departments to efficiently co-ordinate and refine the country's foreign policy. Full text...

  • Outgoing UK envoy underscores peace in Ethiopia
    20 february 2004 09:05:00
    Addis Ababa- Ethiopia (PANA) -- Peace and stability are necessary pre-conditions for development, and for the economy and people of Ethiopia to thrive, outgoing British Ambassador Myles Wickstead said here Friday. Full text...

  • France appoints new Ambassador to Angola
    17 february 2004 18:27:00
    Luanda- Angola (PANA) -- Guy Azais has been named new French Ambassador to Angola, replacing Alain Richard who ended a three- year tour of duty last December. Full text...

  • Libya invites Ben Ali to AU extraordinary summit
    13 february 2004 22:57:00
    Tunis- Tunisia (PANA) -- Libyan foreign minister Abderrahman Chalgham on Friday handed a written message from Colonel Moammar Kadhafi to Tunisia's President Zine El Abidine Ben Ali, including an invitation to attend the 27-28 February extraordinary African Union (AU) in Sirte. Full text...

  • New Chinese envoy to Cape Verde presents credentials
    12 february 2004 15:00:00
    Praia- Cape Verde (PANA) -- Chinese Ambassador to Cape Verde, Sun Rongmao has presented his letters of credence to President Pedro Pires, calling for enhanced cooperation in defending their common interests and promoting economic development. Full text...

  • Mauritian Prime Minister due in Paris
    10 february 2004 09:13:00
    Saint-Denis- Reunion (PANA) -- Mauritian Prime Minister Paul Berenger will visit France 11-14 February, diplomatic sources confirmed here Monday. Full text...

  • Gbagbo satisfied with Paris trip
    05 february 2004 20:32:00
    Paris- France (PANA) -- Visiting Ivorian President Laurent Gbagbo affirmed here Thursday that he was deeply satisfied with discussions held with French authorities, including President Jacques Chirac. Full text...

  • Algeria irked by Madani's presence at Riyadh reception
    05 february 2004 19:00:00
    Algiers- Algeria (PANA) -- Algeria's foreign ministry on Wednesday inquired from the Saudi ambassador here over the presence of Abbassi Madani, leader of the banned Islamic Salvation Front (FIS) at the traditional reception offered by King FAHD during the recent Aid El Adha (Muslim sacrifice feast). Full text...

  • Mbeki sends minister to foreign service
    02 february 2004 16:57:00
    Pretoria- South Africa (PANA) -- South African President Thabo Mbeki has re-assigned Arts, Culture, Science and Technology Minister Ben Ngubane from the ministry to a diplomatic post, Presidential spokesperson Bheki Khumalo said Monday. Full text...

  • Envoy pledges Cuban assistance to post-war Sierra Leone
    21 january 2004 20:32:00
    Freetown- Sierra Leone (PANA) -- New Cuban ambassador Hernandes Polledo Lucas Domingo presented his credentials here Tuesday pledging Havana's assistance to the reconstruction of war-ravaged Sierra Leone, State House sources affirmed Wednesday. Full text...

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