Seychelles Ambassador Pierre accredited to Ethiopia

Seychelles Ambassador David Pierre presented his credentials to Ethiopian President His Excellency Dr Mulatu Teshome in a ceremony held in the Red Room of the National Palace on 9th August 2017.

After presenting his credentials, President Teshome and Ambassador Pierre discussed issues of visa waiver, trade relationship and bilateral cooperation between Seychelles and the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia. The parties agreed to elevate the current relationship to further consolidate the relations between their two countries.

Ambassador Pierre will later present his credentials to the Chairperson of the African Union Commission (AUC) and the Executive Secretary of the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA) as well as to the Heads of State of other countries falling under the diplomatic jurisdiction of the Seychelles Mission in Addis Ababa.

Distributed by APO on behalf of Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Seychelles.

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President of Zambia and opposition leader agree to peaceful dialogue

President Edgar Lungu and opposition leader Hakainde Hichilema have agreed to engage in a peaceful dialogue to address the country’s political tensions.

This follows extensive consultations with Commonwealth Secretary-General Patricia Scotland, who arrived in the country on Sunday as part of a peace and relationship building tour of Africa. During her visit she held consultations with President Lungu, church leaders, the Speaker of the National Assembly, Dr Patrick Matibini, cabinet ministers, Mr Hichilema and other senior officials of his party. She also met with the Electoral Commission of Zambia and members of the Commonwealth diplomatic community in Zambia.

A statement issued to the media today by the Secretary-General said the President and the leader of the opposition have agreed to “a process of dialogue”, establishing a roadmap of reforms in preparation of the 2021 elections, working towards a peaceful resolution and boosting “public confidence in their commitment to a constructive, progressive and responsible engagement”.

The dialogue and roadmap to reform, it said, will be facilitated by the Commonwealth Secretary-General’s Good Offices and key national stakeholders.

“At the beginning of my tenure as Secretary-General, I decided to establish a new approach to democracy and governance support. So visiting Zambia at this crucial time was a priority for me, because this is where we essentially launched this new integrated approach to supporting peaceful elections and other democratic processes. This approach entails providing support to member states before, during and after elections,” said the Secretary-General.

The Secretary-General appointed Professor Ibrahim Gambari as her envoy before Zambia’s 2016 general elections with a mandate to work with the Electoral Commission of Zambia to help support peaceful dialogue. Secretary-General Scotland also deployed an observer group for the elections and is now pleased to support the government and the opposition to address issues of mutual interest.

She said, “I was able to build on the work of dedicated church leaders, other international representatives and the diplomatic community, and I am delighted that we have been able to come to an agreement to work together to strengthen peace and democracy in Zambia as we move forward.”

Secretary-General Scotland added that she was in the process of assigning a peace envoy to the country to facilitate “the critical and peaceful dialogue and reforms that are necessary for Zambia to preserve its status as a beacon of peace and good governance in Africa.”

During her trip she offered assistance through Commonwealth initiatives such as the recently launched Commonwealth Office for Civil and Criminal Justice Reform, which was described by ministers as timely, necessary and a “brilliant idea” for Zambia. The new programme will assist member countries to deliver access to justice and sustainable development through the creation of fair and effective national laws, and enhance policy-making and legislation.

The Secretary-General also highlighted a project to mobilise partnerships and support to vulnerable small states to achieve their sustainable development goals, and measures to boost trade, empower young people and women and address climate change.

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On August 9, Russian Special Presidential Representative for the Middle East and Africa and Deputy Foreign Minister Mikhail Bogdanov received Egyptian Charge d’Affaires ad interim in Russia Shadi Al-Sharqawi.

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Egypt : Mikhail Bogdanov meets Shadi Al-Sharqawi

Press release on Deputy Foreign Minister Mikhail Bogdanov’s meeting with Egyptian Charge d’Affaires ad interim in Russia Shadi Al-Sharqawi

On August 9, Russian Special Presidential Representative for the Middle East and Africa and Deputy Foreign Minister Mikhail Bogdanov received Egyptian Charge d’Affaires ad interim in Russia Shadi Al-Sharqawi.

During their conversation, the officials discussed practical aspects of the bilateral agenda, including Egyptian Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry’s forthcoming visit to Moscow.

They also exchanged opinions on a number of topical regional issues, focusing on the situation in Libya and prospects for a settlement in the Middle East.

Distributed by APO on behalf of The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation.

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Ethiopia : Two million euros for refugees in Ethiopia from the Fund for Africa

Alfano: Two million euros for refugees in Ethiopia from the Fund for Africa

Italy has made a 2-million-euro contribution for cooperation interventions in favour of refugees in Ethiopia through the Fund for Africa.

It is an emergency humanitarian action aimed at providing tangible support to the numerous refugees, mostly Eritrean, who are distributed in the four refugee camps in the Tigray region.

Moreover, other funds will be earmarked for projects to provide assistance to the local hosting communities, thus contributing to stabilise the area. By improving refugee reception and integration standards, this action falls within the scope of the broader objective of fighting migrant trafficking.

“It marks an important sign of solidarity towards a Country that is strongly committed to controlling migration flows and hosting refugees and falls within the framework of enhanced cooperation with the African Countries of transit recently consolidated at the conference ‘A Shared Responsibility for a Common Goal: Solidarity and Security’ of last 6 July, that I carefully planned,” said the Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, Angelino Alfano.

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