UK / Foreign Secretary welcomes Presidential elections in Algeria

LONDON, United-Kingdom, April 19, 2014/African Press Organization (APO)/ — Foreign Secretary William Hague welcomes peaceful vote and congratulates the winner of Presidential elections in Algeria.

Following the result of the elections in Algeria, the Foreign Secretary said:

“I congratulate the Algerian people on their elections and President Bouteflika on the result. We welcome the peaceful and orderly vote, and the commitment of the Algerian authorities to an inclusive dialogue about future constitutional reforms in line with the wishes and aspirations of the Algerian people.

“The UK government reiterates its firm commitment to building a strong and enduring partnership between the UK and Algeria across many areas, including security, prosperity, promotion of the English language and cultural and educational links.”

Source: APO

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Canada / Baird Denounces Cowardly Attacks at UN Camp in South Sudan

OTTAWA, Canada, April 18, 2014/African Press Organization (APO)/ — Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird today issued the following statement:

“Canada condemns the killing of innocent civilians seeking refuge from violence at the United Nations Mission in the Republic of South Sudan (UNMISS) base.

“These cowardly attacks on defenseless civilians, including women and children, appear ethnically based. This causes us great concern, and we call on all parties to cease this violence immediately.

“Canada expects all parties to respect the UN Mission in South Sudan’s neutral role and facilitate its work on protecting civilians, conflict resolution and peace consolidation. We reiterate our support for UNMISS and its mission to protect those South Sudanese who have chosen to denounce violence.”

The Government of Canada advises against all travel to South Sudan, including to the border areas and Juba, due to the present high level of armed conflict and violent crime.

Source: APO

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Visit of Mr. Yutaka Iimura, Special Representative of the Government of Japan to the Arab Republic of Egypt

TOKYO, Japan, April 18, 2014/African Press Organization (APO)/ — 1. Given the current situation of Egypt, Mr.Yutaka Iimura, Special Representative of the Government of Japan, visited Egypt from April 15th to 17th and met Mr.Nabil Fahmi, Foreign Minister of Egypt, Dr.Nabil El-Araby, the Secretary General of the League of Arab States, and others.

2. In the meeting between Mr.Iimura and Foreign Minister Mr.Fahmi,

(1) Mr.Iimura conveyed the following points.

(a) Japan watches closely the progress of roadmap towards the normalization of political situation in Egypt and hopes the coming presidential election will be conducted properly.

(b) While Japan is well aware of the efforts of the interim government for maintaining security and public order, Japan expects that issues such as human rights would be dealt with properly.

(c) Japan hopes to further strengthen the cooperative relations with Egypt. Japan will continue to extend assistance to Egypt for democratization and socio-economic stability.

(d) Japan hopes that socio-economic stability in Egypt will lead to further development of the bilateral relations such as investments from Japan.

(2) Both also exchanged views extensively on the Middle East Peace Process and regional situations.

3. Mr.Iimura also exchanged views with Marshal El-Sisi, former Defense Minister, and Mr. Sabbahi, President of People Current Movement, who have both announced their intention for the candidacy to the presidential election, and other Egyptian Intellectuals.

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Dassault Aviation to Present Flagship Falcon 7X at Marrakech Air Show

MARRAKECH, Morocco, April 18, 2014/African Press Organization (APO)/ — Dassault Aviation will present its large cabin, long range Falcon 7X (http://www.dassaultfalcon.com/7X) at the fourth Marrakech Air Show, to be held in Morocco April 23-26. It will be Dassault’s second appearance at the show, which bills itself as the foremost trade show in the African region.

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Photo: http://www.photos.apo-opa.com/index.php?level=picture&id=1004 (Dassault Aviation will present its large cabin, long range Falcon 7X at the fourth Marrakech Air Show, to be held in Morocco April 23-26)

The flagship Falcon 7X, the first business jet equipped with digital flight controls, has a range of 5,950 nautical miles and can comfortably fly from Marrakech to Beijing, Los Angeles or Cape Town non-stop.

“Thanks to strong development of the economy and fast growth in industries such as mining, oil and gas, agriculture and construction, we see great potential in Africa for long-term growth in business aviation,” said Gilles Gautier, Vice President, Falcon Sales for Dassault Aviation. “Business jets are an ideal way to get around such a vast continent, where airline connections are often limited and ground infrastructure, minimal.”

More than 70 Falcon jets are in operation in the African region, around 15% of them in North Africa. Another ten Falcons are on order for delivery in 2014-15, most of them for the Falcon 7X.

Dassault recently celebrated the rollout of the 250th 7X – the fastest any Falcon jet has ever reached this milestone. Well over 200 units are currently in service in 34 countries and the fleet has accumulated more than 250,000 flight hours since the 7X was introduced in 2007.

Last year, the 7X was approved to carry Dassault’s second-generation intuitive EASy II flight deck. The award winning platform offers a number of significant enhancements, including enhanced and synthetic vision systems, Satellite Based Augmentation System capabilities and new air traffic management features to ensure compliance with future regulations.

The exceptional short field and hot-and-high performance, sturdiness and operating economics of the 7X and other new Falcon models make them ideal for the tough conditions and vast expanses of the African continent.

They can access many challenging airports where competitors are unable to operate or can do so only with limited range. All in-production Falcons are approved for operation into and out of London City Airport – one of the world’s most restricted facilities. The 7X can fly non-stop out of London City as far as New York, Dubai or Lagos.

The unparalleled performance and flexibility of Falcon jets has made them a special favorite among African government users, which operate 30% of the Falcons in the region.

“Falcons are universally appreciated for their large and quiet cabin, advanced design and fuel efficiency,” remarked Gautier. “Not only are Falcons less expensive to operate, they also retain greater value on resale. On average, 7X operators will save up to $10 million in total cost of ownership over a 6 year period compared to its closest competitors.”

Distributed by APO (African Press Organization) on behalf of Dassault Falcon.

Notes for Editors

Dassault Falcon (http://www.dassaultfalcon.com/7X) is the recognized global brand for Dassault business jets which are designed, manufactured and supported by Dassault Aviation and Dassault Falcon Jet Corp.

About Dassault Aviation

Dassault Aviation (http://www.dassault-aviation.com) is a leading aerospace company with a presence in over 80 countries across five continents. It produces the Rafale fighter jet as well as the complete line of Falcons. The company employs a workforce of over 11,000 and has assembly and production plants in both France and the United States and service facilities around the globe. Since the rollout of the first Falcon 20 in 1963, over 2,250 Falcon jets have been delivered. The family of Falcon jets currently in production includes the tri-jets— the Falcon 900LX and the 7X— as well as the twin-engine 2000S, the Falcon 2000LXS and the new Falcon 5X.

About Dassault Falcon Jet

Dassault Falcon Jet Corp. is a wholly owned U.S. subsidiary of Dassault Aviation, France. Dassault Falcon Jet markets and supports the Falcon family of business jets throughout North America, South America and the Pacific Rim countries of Asia, including the People’s Republic of China.

Press Contacts

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Canada Announces Emergency Contribution to Fight Ebola Virus Outbreak

OTTAWA, Canada, April 18, 2014/African Press Organization (APO)/ — The Honourable Christian Paradis, Minister of International Development and La Francophonie, the Honourable John Baird, Minister of Foreign Affairs, and the Honourable Rona Ambrose, Minister of Health, today announced a joint funding contribution of $1,285,000 to address the current outbreak of the deadly Ebola virus in West Africa.

“In a situation like the current Ebola outbreak in West Africa, it is of critical importance to implement measures to end the chain of transmission,” said Minister Paradis. “We must ensure strong surveillance and investigation as well as a coordinated response to new or suspected cases. Canada’s support will play a critical role in responding to and preventing the spread of this deadly disease.”

“Biological threats such as the current Ebola outbreak do not recognize borders,” said Minister Baird. “They represent a global problem that requires coordinated international action across multiple sectors, including health and security. Canada’s contribution underscores the importance of obtaining cooperation from various sectors to help prevent, detect and rapidly respond to infectious diseases.”

“The Government of Canada welcomes the World Health Organization’s rapid efforts to address this outbreak of Ebola, one of the most virulent diseases known to humans,” said Minister Ambrose. “Canada is pleased to join other countries in this response and urges other donors to support the WHO.”

Source: APO

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