Politics - Diplomacy
  • Ghana names new envoy to Mali
    08 august 2002 17:19:00
    Bamako- Mali (PANA) -- Ghana has named Kodio Sarpong, its new Ambassador to Mali, diplomatic sources said Thursday in the Malian capital. Full text...

  • Mbeki plans to visit Madagascar - Envoy
    05 august 2002 20:29:00
    Saint Denis- Reunion (PANA) -- South African President and current chair of the African Union (AU), Thabo Mbeki, is to lead an AU delegation to Madagascar soon, Mauritian press reported at the weekend quoting Louis Mnguni, South African Ambassador to Mauritius. Full text...

  • New regime in Madagascar fires two Ambassadors
    15 june 2002 10:11:00
    Saint-Denis- Reunion (PANA) -- The Malagasy council of ministers of the Ravalomanana government has in a shake-up of the country's diplomatic mission abroad, dismissed two Ambassadors and appointed several senior civil servants, sources in Antananarivo indicated Friday. Full text...

  • Angola angered by Switzerland's corruption charges
    08 june 2002 18:21:00
    Luanda- Angola (PANA) -- Angola has threatened to sever diplomatic relations with Switzerland over allegations by a court judge that President Jose Eduardo dos Santos was enveloped in financial impropriety when dealing with debts owed to Russia. Full text...

  • Angola may withdraw envoy from France in protest
    31 may 2002 23:09:00
    Paris- France (PANA) -- The Angolan authorities may be ready to withdraw its diplomatic representative from Paris to protest against France's handling of the Falcone Case, sources close to African diplomats in Paris have said. Full text...

  • Moroccan king on a tour of Arab countries
    28 may 2002 23:31:00
    Rabat- Morocco (PANA) -- King Mohammed VI of Morocco arrived in Amman Monday night for an official visit in Jordan as part of a tour that will lead him to three other Arab countries, a Moroccan television report said Tuesday. Full text...

  • Nigeria warns foreign envoys against breach of protocol
    27 may 2002 18:25:00
    Abuja- Nigeria (PANA) -- Nigerian Foreign Minister Sule Lamido, Monday warned foreign Ambassadors and head of diplomatic missions in the country against breaking the diplomatic channel of communication in their dealings with government agencies, ministries and the presidency. Full text...

  • Ravalomanana seeks recognition in Europe and the US
    24 may 2002 21:30:00
    Saint Denis- Reunion (PANA) -- The foreign minister of President Ravalomanana's regime, Gen. Full text...

  • Tunisia's Ben Ali pleased with the advent of African Union
    17 may 2002 23:44:00
    Tunis- Tunisia (PANA) -- Tunisian president Zine El Abidine Ben Ali, has stated that the birth of the African Union is "the culmination of the African determination to unite the efforts of countries of the continent to prepare the ground for a new step in the path of co-operation and integration in the world economy. Full text...

  • Malawi, Denmark in bitter divorce as Danes seize equipment
    26 april 2002 11:18:00
    Blantyre- Malawi (PANA) -- The Danish embassy in Malawi has seized all vehicles, motorcycles, computers and other items the Scandinavian state donated to the country's education ministry. Full text...

  • Niger severs diplomatic ties with Israel
    22 april 2002 12:31:00
    Niamey- Niger (PANA) -- The Niger government has announced that it was severing diplomatic relations with Israel, following the serious situation being experienced by Palestinians in the past three weeks, an official statement said. Full text...

  • Chad, Central African Republic mend fences
    11 april 2002 16:04:00
    N'djamena- Chad (PANA) -- Central African Republic President, Ange Felix Patasse ended a working visit to Chad late Wednesday, with a joint press conference where he and his Chadian counterpart Idriss Deby, cleared doubts over relations between their two countries. Full text...

  • Egypt excludes breaking ties with Israel
    10 april 2002 18:03:00
    Paris- France (PANA) -- Egypt's Ambassador in Paris, Ali Maher El Sayed on Wednesday excluded any suspension of the relations between his country and Israel arguing that such a move would not serve the Palestinian cause. Full text...

  • Germany to reopen embassy in N'djamena
    09 april 2002 14:08:00
    N'djamena- Chad (PANA) -- Germany will in July reopen its embassy in Chad, closed four years ago as a cost-cutting measure, Chadian Foreign Minister Mahamat Saleh Annadif has said. Full text...

  • British envoy questions minister's third term remarks
    05 april 2002 21:39:00
    Blantyre- Malawi (PANA) -- The British High Commissioner to Malawi, Norman Ling, Friday invited Information Minister Clement Stambuli to an unscheduled meeting in Lilongwe to explain remarks he made in taunting London's stand on the issue of a third term presidency for President Bakili Muluzi of Malawi. Full text...

  • Nigeria to reduce foreign missions again
    05 april 2002 18:26:00
    Abuja- Nigeria (PANA) -- Faced with dwindling earnings and competing needs, Nigeria is to reduce the number of its foreign missions, according to Minister of State for Foreign Affairs, Dubem Onyia. Full text...

  • Sierra Leone envoy to Nigeria gets accredited to ECOWAS
    04 april 2002 22:31:00
    Abuja- Nigeria (PANA) -- In furtherance of its newly-launched programme, the sub-regional group ECOWAS Thursday accredited Sierra Leone's ambassador to Nigeria, Joe Blell, as the country's envoy to the Economic Community of West African States. Full text...

  • Britain appoints new Ambassador to Sudan
    04 april 2002 11:19:00
    London- UK (PANA) -- Britain has appointed 49-yeaar old William Charters Patey as its new Ambassador to Sudan in succession to Richard Makepeace who has been transferred to another diplomatic service. Full text...

  • Germany to re-open embassy in Niger
    08 march 2002 19:16:00
    Niamey- Niger (PANA) -- Germany said it will soon re-open its embassy in Niger closed two years ago due to "financial reasons. Full text...

  • Kuwaiti Foreign Affairs minister visits Libya
    05 march 2002 19:52:00
    Tripoli- Libya (PANA) -- Kuwaiti Foreign Affairs minister Sabat Salem Al-Sabah was Tuesday wrapping up a two-day visit to Tripoli aimed at strengthening bilateral relations between Kuwait and Libya. Full text...

  • Moroccan foreign minister expected in Dakar Thursday
    28 february 2002 14:04:00
    Rabat- Morocco (PANA) -- Moroccan Foreign Affairs Minister Mohamed Benaissa is expected in Dakar Thursday to co-chair with his Senegalese counterpart, Cheikh Tidiane Gadio, the 12th session of the joint cooperation commission, according to official sources in Rabat. Full text...

  • France, Morocco hold conference on parliamentary diplomacy
    26 february 2002 14:53:00
    Rabat- Morocco (PANA) -- A conference on parliamentary diplomacy will be jointly organised in Rabat on Wednesday and Thursday, by the Chamber of Moroccan Counsellors and the French Senate, informed sources disclosed Tuesday. Full text...

  • Paris NEPAD summit occasions Franco-African bilateral meetings
    08 february 2002 22:28:00
    Paris- France (PANA) -- Bilateral discussions were held on Friday in Paris between the French president Jacques Chirac and African Heads of State and government on the sidelines of a mini- summit on the New Partnership for Africa's Development (NEPAD). Full text...

  • Moi calls for stronger Kenya-Italy relations
    30 january 2002 23:14:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- President Daniel arap Moi received Italian Foreign Affairs Minister Alfredo Mantica at State House in Nairobi Wednesday with a call for stronger relations between the two countries. Full text...

  • Zimbabwe can again become Africa's beacon of hope, notes Briton
    25 january 2002 21:27:00
    London- UK (PANA) -- British Parliamentary under-secretary of State Ben Bradshaw has said that in the right conditions and with the right international support, Zimbabwe can again become a beacon of hope for Africa, but cautioned that it would take time and effort. Full text...

  • Mauritius to chair next Security Council session
    23 january 2002 20:46:00
    Saint Denis- Reunion (PANA) -- Mauritius will chair the special session of the UN Security Council on Africa 29-30 January, according to foreign minister Anil Gayan, who will chair the meeting. Full text...

  • Visiting French and British ministers meet Buyoya
    23 january 2002 07:36:00
    Bujumbura- Burundi (PANA) -- Burundian President Pierre Buyoya on Tuesday received the visiting French and British foreign ministers Hubert Vedrine and Jack Straw currently on a tour of countries in the Great Lakes region. Full text...

  • UK to improve relations with Kenya
    20 january 2002 11:08:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- The new British High Commissioner to Kenya, Sir Edward Clay, has pledged a new commitment to improve the relations between London and Nairobi. Full text...

  • British, French Foreign ministers to tour Central Africa
    18 january 2002 12:26:00
    London- UK (PANA) -- British Foreign Secretary Jack Straw and his French counterpart Hubert Vedrine are to make a joint visit to the central African sub region from 21 through 23 January. Full text...

  • President Tandja receives Sudan's justice minister
    17 january 2002 23:56:00
    Niamey- Niger (PANA) -- President Mamadou Tandja of Niger received Thursday the Sudanese justice minister, Ahmed Cheick Said, who is also chairman of the "Niger-Sudan Friendship Association". Full text...

  • 12 African Leaders for Mini-Summit in Paris
    16 january 2002 22:47:00
    Paris- France (PANA) -- French President Jacques Chirac has invited 12 African leaders for a mini- summit to be held 8 February in Paris, informed sources disclosed here Wednesday. Full text...

  • OAU Secretary General Invited to Security Council Session
    13 january 2002 10:04:00
    Saint Denis- Reunion (PANA) -- The UN Security Council has for the first time invited the OAU Secretary General to take part in its deliberations later this month. Full text...

  • Kabila wants occupation troops out of DR Congo
    10 january 2002 13:07:00
    Kinshasa- DR Congo (PANA) -- President Joseph Kabila of DR Congo is urging diplomats in the country to exert international pressure on neighbouring countries to immediately withdraw their occupation forces from the country. Full text...

  • Saudi Arabia to open embassy in Abidjan
    07 january 2002 23:01:00
    Abidjan- Cote d'Ivoire (PANA) -- Saudi Arabia has hinted of plans to open an embassy in Cote d'Ivoire, official sources said in Abidjan Sunday. Full text...

  • Reunion to attend next Comesa meeting in Lusaka
    04 january 2002 23:49:00
    Saint Denis- Reunion (PANA) -- Reunion will attend the next conference of the Common Market for East and Southern Africa in Lusaka, Zambia, a senior official has revealed in Saint Denis, the capital of the Indian Ocean French territory. Full text...

  • SADC leaders to meet over DR Congo, Zimbabwe, Angola
    03 january 2002 15:04:00
    Blantyre- Malawi (PANA) -- Leaders of the 14-member Southern African Development Community (SADC) will meet in Blantyre in two weeks (14 January) for a daylong extra-ordinary summit to discuss conflicts in Angola and the DR Congo, and the Zimbabwe land crisis. Full text...

  • Mauritius offers to mediate in Indo-Pakistani conflict
    02 january 2002 16:25:00
    Saint Denis- Reunion (PANA) -- Mauritian President Cassam Uteem has offered his country's mediation in the conflict facing India and Pakistan, official sources said Tuesday. Full text...

  • Sierra Leone names new honorary consul in Senegal
    01 january 2002 14:59:00
    Freetown- Sierra Leone (PANA) -- The government of Sierra Leone has named a former MP of the Senegalese Socialist Party as the country's new honorary consul in Senegal. Full text...

  • President Chirac dissatisfied with the EU's African policy
    31 december 2001 17:30:00
    Paris- France (PANA) -- French President Jacques Chirac has in recent weeks expressed dissatisfaction with the European Union's (EU) African policy, the French daily Le Monde noted this weekend. Full text...

  • Vatican appoints new envoy to DR Congo
    19 december 2001 22:11:00
    Kinshasa- DR Congo (PANA) -- Pope Jean-Paul II has appointed Giovani d'Angelio, 46, as the new papal nuncio in DR Congo, the Apostolic Nunciature announced in Kinshasa. Full text...

  • Kadhafi holds talks with Mugabe in Tripoli
    19 december 2001 20:53:00
    Tripoli- Libya (PANA) -- Libyan leader Col. Full text...

  • Jammeh sends special message to Mauritanian President
    16 december 2001 14:31:00
    Nouakchott- Mauritania (PANA) -- An envoy of Gambian President Yahya Jammeh has delibered a special message to Mauritanian President Maaouiya Ould Sid'Ahmed Taya in Nouakchott, an official source said. Full text...

  • Israelis suggest Tunisia as refuge for beleaguered Arafat
    14 december 2001 23:35:00
    Paris- France (PANA) -- Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat and his personal staff could be allowed to go into exile in Tunis, the French daily newspaper, Le Monde, Friday quoted Israeli Internal Security minister Ouzi Landau as hinting. Full text...

  • Nigeria warns foreign missions over abuse of norms
    13 december 2001 14:10:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- For the second time in three weeks, Nigeria's federal government has warned foreign missions in the country over alleged abuse of diplomatic channels and procedure. Full text...

  • Fear is rampant after Angolan soldiers raped Zambian women
    27 november 2001 21:25:00
    Lusaka- Zambia (PANA) -- Angolan soldiers who recently invaded a Zambian village in western Zambia's Shangombo District, killing seven people, also committed 15 acts of rape, Foreign Minister Keli Walubita revealed Tuesday in Lusaka. Full text...

  • Britain threatens diplomatic action against Zimbabwe
    25 november 2001 10:14:00
    London- UK (PANA) -- British Foreign Secretary Jack Straw has expressed concern over an alleged statement from a Zimbabwean government spokesman saying that independent journalists, including Britons, would be treated as terrorists. Full text...

  • Nigeria urges UK, US envoys to cancel meeting with governors
    24 november 2001 17:43:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- Nigeria's federal government has urged the British High Commission and US embassy to cancel their scheduled meeting with governors of oil-producing states, the local media reported Saturday. Full text...

  • Libya urges peaceful resolution of Afghan crisis
    23 november 2001 23:07:00
    Tripoli- Libya (PANA) -- Libya has launched a diplomatic initiative aimed at a peaceful resolution of the Afghan conflict in order to avoid bloodshed in areas still under Taliban control. Full text...

  • Tunisian recommends Marshall Plan for Afghanistan
    17 november 2001 15:36:00
    Tunis- Tunisia (PANA) -- Tunisian Foreign minister Habib Ben Yahia on Friday stressed the need for a swift reconstruction plan for Afghanistan similar to the Marshall Plan for the reconstruction of Europe after World War II, Japan's Kyodo News Agency reported. Full text...

  • French President slates Maghreb tour for December
    17 november 2001 15:08:00
    Tunis- Tunisia (PANA) -- President Jacques Chirac is due in Algiers next month in the first visit to Algeria by a French Head of State in 12 years, French State House spokesperson Catherine Colonna disclosed Friday. Full text...

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