Politics - Diplomacy
  • Madagascar gets UN deputy chairmanship
    08 august 2003 14:19:00
    Saint Denis- Reunion (PANA) -- Madagascar has been elected deputy-chairman of the 58th United Nations General Assembly, which begins sitting in September, an official statement said here Thursday. Full text...

  • Benin appoints new ambassador to Cote d'Ivoire
    07 august 2003 13:28:00
    Cotonou- Benin (PANA) -- The Beninese government has appointed Omer de-Souza as its ambassador to Cote d'Ivoire, an official statement said here Thursday. Full text...

  • ICG report views Somaliland as a diplomatic dilemma
    29 july 2003 11:44:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- The question confronting the international community is no longer whether Somaliland, a breakaway autonomous region of Somalia, should be recognised as an independent state, but whether there remained any viable alternative, according to a report by the Brussels-based International Crisis Group (ICG). Full text...

  • Sierra Leone withdraws recognition for SADR
    16 july 2003 21:53:00
    Rabat- Morocco (PANA) -- Sierra Leone has withdrawn recognition from the Sahrawi Arab Democratic Republic (SADR, Sierra Leonean Foreign minister, Al Haji Momodu Koroma said Wednesday in Rabat. Full text...

  • King Mohamed, Bush, Chirac discuss Western Sahara conflict
    15 july 2003 09:25:00
    Rabat- Morocco (PANA) -- King Mohamed VI of Morocco has held telephone conversations with the US and French Presidents George W. Full text...

  • New envoy says Paris remains Bangui's loyal partner
    14 july 2003 19:57:00
    Bangui- Central African Republic (PANA) -- France Remains a loyal, active and demanding partner" of Central African Republic, the new French ambassador to Bangui, Michel Destouesse, declared here Monday. Full text...

  • New Malagasy envoy presents letters of credence
    03 july 2003 10:28:00
    Saint-Denis- Reunion (PANA) -- Madagascar's new Ambassador, Bruno Ranarivelo has presented his letters of credence to President France Albert René of the Seychelles, undertaking to invigorate ties between the two countries. Full text...

  • Pires receives message from Senegalese counterpart
    03 july 2003 09:59:00
    Praia- Cape Verde (PANA) -- Senegalese envoy Pierre Agboba delivered a message Wednesday to Cape Verde President Pedro Pires from President Abdoulaye Wade, official sources said. Full text...

  • Algerian diplomat sentenced to five years for spying
    30 june 2003 18:09:00
    Algiers- Algeria (PANA) -- A court in Algiers has sentenced an Algerian diplomat to five years in prison for "spying, collaborating and revealing information that can endanger national security and military institutions at the service of Moroccan intelligence. Full text...

  • US reopens embassy in Malabo
    30 june 2003 14:26:00
    Malabo- Equatorial Guinea (PANA) -- The US State Department has decided to reopen "in the next three months" the American embassy in Equatorial Guinea, an official source said here Monday. Full text...

  • France appoints new ambassador to Gabon
    26 june 2003 16:40:00
    Paris- France (PANA) -- French President Jacques Chirac has appointed Jean-Marc Simon as ambassador to Gabon, replacing Philippe Selz, official sources disclosed here Thursday. Full text...

  • Kibaki advises diplomats on African problems
    25 june 2003 19:51:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- President Mwai Kibaki on Wednesday called on foreign diplomats accredited to African countries to avoid playing the old politics of exploiting unfortunate situations in Africa for their own benefits. Full text...

  • Ivorian security urged to quit searching diplomats
    23 june 2003 15:21:00
    Abidjan- Cote d'Ivoire (PANA) -- An Ivorian Foreign ministry official has urged security personnel to stop searching the vehicles of diplomats accredited to the West African nation. Full text...

  • Morocco rules out Bouteflika-Mohamed VI summit
    19 june 2003 19:43:00
    Paris- France (PANA) -- Morocco's communication minister Nabil Ben Abdallah said here Thursday that the time was not ripe for a summit between Algerian President Abdelaziz Bouteflika and King Mohamed VI. Full text...

  • Angolan president receives Abdoulaye Wade's message
    18 june 2003 21:43:00
    Luanda- Angola (PANA) -- Angolan President Jose Eduardo dos Santos received Wednesday a message from his Senegalese counterpart Abdoulaye Wade relating to a conference of African intellectuals in the Diaspora slated for December in Dakar. Full text...

  • Angola, Cape Verde dash for enhanced economic ties
    16 june 2003 21:51:00
    Praia- Cape Verde (PANA) -- Angolan Prime Minister Fernando da Piedade Dias dos Santos arrives in Cape Verde Tuesday at the start of a three-day working visit aimed at concretising economic ties, official sources announced here Monday. Full text...

  • Security Council team wants confidence restored in DR Congo
    15 june 2003 14:44:00
    Kigali- Rwanda (PANA) -- Jean Marc de la Sablière, head of a 15- man UN Security Council delegation on an African tour over the DR Congo conflict, Saturday appealed to the various stakeholders in the Congolese crisis to restore confidence amongst themselves. Full text...

  • Portuguese Premier sends Kadhafi goodwill message
    15 june 2003 13:24:00
    Tripoli- Libya (PANA) -- The guide of the Libyan revolution, Col. Full text...

  • UN delegation to visit Rwanda on Saturday
    14 june 2003 09:32:00
    Kigali- Rwanda (PANA) -- A 15-member UN Security Council delegation on a peace mission to the Great Lakes region is expected to hold talks with Rwandan President Paul Kagame in Kigali on Saturday, a Rwandan foreign ministry source said. Full text...

  • Zimbabwe threatens to expel British diplomat
    12 june 2003 20:00:00
    Harare- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- President Robert Mugabe of Zimbabwe on Thursday threatened to expel the British High Commissioner (ambassador), Brian Donnelly, accusing him of masterminding the opposition to his rule. Full text...

  • Kadhafi confers with Italian Foreign minister on ties
    05 june 2003 22:12:00
    Tripoli- Libya (PANA) -- Libyan leader Colonel Moammar Kadhafi Thursday held talks with Italian Foreign Minister Frattini Franco, who is in Tripoli to delivered a special message from Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi. Full text...

  • Italy, Libya hold bilateral talks in Tripoli
    05 june 2003 19:10:00
    Tripoli- Libya (PANA) -- Italian Foreign Minister Frattini Franco and his Libyan counterpart Abderrahmane Chalgam Thursday held talks in Tripoli on progress in bilateral cooperation between the two countries in various fields. Full text...

  • Tripoli severs diplomatic relations with Iraq
    01 june 2003 18:44:00
    Tripoli- Libya (PANA) -- Libya has decided to cut diplomatic relations with Iraq, close its embassy in Baghdad and withdraw its entire staff from there, official sources said here Sunday. Full text...

  • Guinea names new Ambassador to UN
    21 may 2003 16:05:00
    Conakry- Guinea (PANA) -- President Lansana Conte has appointed Alpha Ibrahima Sow Guinea's permanent representative at the UN in New York, State radio announced here Tuesday. Full text...

  • Mauritian president visits Reunion
    19 may 2003 22:11:00
    Saint Denis- Reunion (PANA) -- Mauritian president Karl Offman arrived in Saint Denis Monday to participate in the 8th Indian Ocean Communication University (UCOI) annual meeting from 20-23 May. Full text...

  • Senegal's foreign minister calls on Mauritania's leader
    15 may 2003 22:18:00
    Nouakchott- Mauritania (PANA) -- Senegal and Mauritania "are one nation with two states," Senegalese Foreign Minister Cheikh Tidiane Gadio said in Nouakchott on Thursday. Full text...

  • Kadhafi Receives Arab League Secretary General
    10 may 2003 16:31:00
    Tripoli- Libya (PANA) -- Libyan leader Moammar Kadhafi Saturday held talks with the Secretary General of the Arab League, Amr Moussa, on a recent tour of several Arab capitals, the Libyan news agency, JANA, reported. Full text...

  • Ethiopia, Portugal revive diplomatic relations
    09 may 2003 11:30:00
    Addis Ababa- Ethiopia (PANA) -- After freezing for 40 years, diplomatic relations between Ethiopia and Portugal are beginning to thaw and Lisbon's ambassador has started his tour of duty in the Ethiopian capital, Addis Ababa. Full text...

  • Kenya welcomes New Zealand's new envoy
    08 may 2003 14:31:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Kenya said it would like to see New Zealand open a diplomatic mission in the country, Foreign Minister Stephen Kalonzo Musyoka said in Nairobi while welcoming the New Zealand High Commissioner accredited to Kenya, Warren Searell. Full text...

  • Ould Taya receives Moroccan Prime Minister
    08 may 2003 12:00:00
    Nouakchott- Mauritania (PANA) -- Mauritanian President Maaouya Ould Sid'Ahmed Taya granted audience to Moroccan Prime Minister Driss Jettou, Wednesday afternoon. Full text...

  • Mauritanian leader congratulates Israeli counterpart
    08 may 2003 09:27:00
    Nouakchott- Mauritania (PANA) -- President Maouiya Ould Sid'Ahmed Taya of Mauritania has addressed a congratulatory message to his Israeli counterpart Moshe Katsav on the occasion Israel's National Day celebrated 7 May. Full text...

  • Kenyan president receives new envoys, messages
    06 may 2003 16:45:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- President Mwai Kibaki Tuesday received credentials from the new envoys of Columbia, China, Angola, United Arab Emirates and New Zealand, as well as special messages from his Senegalese, Ugandan and South African counterparts. Full text...

  • Nigeria opens new chancery, thanks partners for smooth poll
    06 may 2003 07:58:00
    Washington- DC, US (PANA) -- President Olusegun Obasanjo's re- election testifies to Nigerians' trust and confidence in him to lead them, Vice President Atiku Abubakar has said in Washington, DC. Full text...

  • Ben Ali, Essy discuss progress at AU
    25 april 2003 11:38:00
    Tunis- Tunisia (PANA) -- Tunisian head of state Zine El Abidine Ben Ali and interim African Union (AU) Commission chair Amara Essy held discussions here Thursday on progress towards setting up institutions of the pan-African body. Full text...

  • Malian president due in Algiers
    24 april 2003 10:20:00
    Algiers- Algeria (PANA) -- President Amadou Toumani Toure of Mali is due in Algiers Thursday for a two-day official visit at the invitation of his Algerian counterpart, Abdelaziz Bouteflika, sources here announced. Full text...

  • Japanese diplomat hails Africans over NEPAD
    08 april 2003 18:30:00
    Cotonou- Benin (PANA) -- Japanese ambassador to Benin, Yuij Kurokawa said Tuesday in Cotonou his country was "satisfied" with the initiative of African leaders forming the New Partnership for Africa's Development (NEPAD). Full text...

  • Two Malian journalists appointed diplomats
    01 april 2003 20:26:00
    Bamako- Mali (PANA) -- Two Malian journalists, Mamadou Kaba and Mamadou Bandiougou Diawara, have been appointed as ambassadors to Egypt and Canada, respectively, an official source told PANA on Tuesday. Full text...

  • Kadhafi receives Senegalese envoy
    01 april 2003 19:07:00
    Tripoli- Libya (PANA) -- Libyan leader Colonel Mouammar Kadhafi received a message Tuesday from his Senegalese counterpart Abdoulaye Wade, despatched through Foreign Minister Cheikh Tidiane Gadio. Full text...

  • Five new envoys join Abidjan diplomatic community
    01 april 2003 18:35:00
    Abidjan- Cote d'Ivoire (PANA) -- Five new ambassadors have presented their credentials to Ivorian President Laurent Gbagbo, official sources disclosed Tuesday in Abidjan. Full text...

  • Senegalese foreign minister in Tripoli
    01 april 2003 10:20:00
    Tripoli- Libya (PANA) -- Senegalese foreign minister Cheikh Tidiane Gadio is on a two-day working visit to Libya to deliver a message from President Abdoulaye Wade to Colonel Moammar Kadhafi. Full text...

  • Kuwait asks Libyan envoy to leave
    31 march 2003 22:30:00
    Tunis- Tunisia (PANA) -- Kuwait has asked Libya's chargé d'affaires to leave the country, while also demanding that Libya reduce the number of diplomats at its embassy to three, the Kuwait News Agency reported Sunday. Full text...

  • Nigeria releases Cameroonian soldiers
    28 march 2003 12:33:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- Nigeria has released three Cameroonian soldiers who "strayed" into Nigerian territory in the disputed Bakassi Peninsula as part of confidence-building measures between the two African neighbours, the local press reported Friday. Full text...

  • Ben Ali, Kadhafi confer on Iraqi crisis
    10 march 2003 22:16:00
    Tunis- Tunisia (PANA) -- Tunisian president Zine El Abidine Ben Ali and his Libyan counterpart, Colonel Mouammar Kadhafi, Monday stressed the need for a "peaceful resolution" of the current US- Iraqi crisis, according to the Tunisian News Agency (TAP). Full text...

  • Villepin says France will respect Angola position on Iraq
    10 march 2003 21:27:00
    Luanda- Angola (PANA) -- French foreign minister Dominique de Villepin stated Monday in Luanda that his country will respect Angola's voting position on the Iraqi crisis. Full text...

  • Dominique de Villepin arrives in Cameroon
    10 march 2003 15:04:00
    Yaounde- Cameroon (PANA) -- French Foreign Minister Dominique de Villepin arrived in Yaounde Monday on a short visit to Cameroon in connection with the US-threatened war against Iraq, official sources said in Yaounde. Full text...

  • Egypt rules out possibility of diplomatic ties with Iran
    07 march 2003 15:42:00
    Paris- France (PANA) -- Egyptian National Assembly Speaker Ahmed Fathi Sorour has ruled out the possibility of restoring diplomatic relations with Iran. Full text...

  • Belgian foreign vice-minister visits Angola
    04 march 2003 22:34:00
    Luanda- Angola (PANA) -- Belgian Foreign Vice-Minister Annemie Neyt has begun a working visit to Luanda during which she is expected to discuss the holding of an international conference of donors for Angola and the world diamond trade with her hosts, official sources said on Tuesday According to the source, Neyt will hold talks with her Angolan counterpart, Joao Bernardo de Miranda, with whom she will discuss the bilateral co-operation and the situation in the DR Congo, another big diamond producer. Full text...

  • Libya recalls Ambassador to Riyadh
    03 march 2003 21:55:00
    Tripoli- Libya (PANA) -- The Libyan Peoples General Congress (CGP), which appoints the country's diplomatic representatives has recalled its Ambassador to Saudi Arabia, a release from the CGP secretariat indicated Monday in Tripoli. Full text...

  • UN Security Council to meet on Guinea-Bissau
    03 march 2003 20:05:00
    Bissau- Guinea-Bissau (PANA) -- The UN Security Council will Wednesday meet in New York to discuss the difficult situation Guinea-Bissau is facing, a diplomatic source told PANA. Full text...

  • South African and Sudanese vice presidents discuss relations
    28 february 2003 11:41:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- Vice president Jacob Zuma, on the occasion of a two-day visit to South Africa by his Sudanese counterpart Dr Moses Machar, affirmed Friday that the two countries were working at strengthening bilateral relations. Full text...

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