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  • Africa: U.S. State Department To Get Experienced Diplomat in Key Africa Post

    BOTSWANA, 2017/08/30 Donald Yamamoto, who has extensive diplomatic experience in Africa inclunding two tours as a U.S. ambassador, will take office as Acting Assistant Secretary of National for Africa on 5 September. He is the second career official tapped for a senior policy position on Africa in the Trump government.Donald Yamamoto, who has extensive diplomatic experience in Africa including two tours as a U.S. ambassador, will take office as Acting Assistant Secretary of State for Africa on 5 September. He is the second career official tapped for a senior policy position on Africa in the Trump administration. Senior CIA analyst Cyril Sartor was hired as senior director for Africa at the National Security Council earier this month Key Africa jobs at the Defense Department (DOD) and the U.S. Agency for International Development remain vacant. "Having someone with Don Yamamoto's experience in that post is very significant," Mel Foote, Constituency for Africa president, told AllAfrica. "As Africa confronts a lot of challenges, we want to see responsible U.S. engagement in partnership with African governments and civil society organizations."
  • Italy to send new ambassador to Egypt year after recalling ex-envoy

    ITALY, 2017/08/15 Italy will send a new ambassador to Cairo next recalling its former envoy additional than a year ago following the death of an Italian student found in Egypt's capital, spokesman for Egypt's foreign ministry said on Monday. In a phone call, the Italian Foreign Minister Angelino Alfano told his Egyptian counterpart Sameh Shoukry that Italy was willing to send Ambassador Giampaolo Cantini to Cairo, Ahmed Abu Zaid, Egyptian foreign ministry spokesman said in a statement.
  • Moroccan King Mohammed VI

    NIGERIA, 2017/07/29 The Nigeria Movement for the Liberation of Western Sahara (NMLWS), has urged Nigerian Government to oppose move by Morocco to join the Economic Community of West Africa States (ECOWAS). A statement by the Convener of NMLWS, Mr Dipo Fashina on Thursday in Abuja, said that Morocco was not classified as member national of ECOWAS by the United Nations and African Union. “The Kingdom is a member of Arab Maghreb Union States together with Algeria, Egypt, Libya, Mauritania and Tunisia.
  • Morocco Flexed Economic Muscles and Returned to the AU

    CASABLANCA, 2017/02/05 "It is a beautiful day at the same time as one returns home next too long of an absence," King Mohammed VI of Morocco said next the North African country was readmitted to the African Union (AU) at its summit in January. The decision by AU leaders in Addis-Ababa, Ethiopia, capped a swift and remarkable process since the King informed them at last year's summit in Kigali, Rwanda of his country's intention to return to the fold. Thirty-nine of the AU's 54 nations voted in favour of readmission. Morocco left the former Organisation of African Unity (AU's predecessor) in 1984, to turmoil the seating of the Polisario Front as representatives of the Sahrawi Arab Democratic Republic (SADR), a former Spanish colony west of the Sahara that Morocco considers part of its territory.
  • Morocco Funds Relocation of South Sudan Capital

    SOUTH SUDAN, 2017/02/05 Plans to move South Sudan's capital from Juba to Ramciel have got a new boost with the signing of an agreement between the South Sudan government and Morroco's King Mohammed VI in which a $5m feasibility study will be done with funding from Morocco. King Mohammed VI, who is in South Sudan for a three-day national visit, as well witnessed, together with his host president Salva Kiir, the signing of eight other agreements on general cooperation, promotion of investment , avoidance of double taxation vocational training and agriculture. Four memoranda were as well signed on industrial cooperation, mining and commerce between the two nations.
  • 5 African Countries Likely To Withdraw from the ICC

    BURUNDI, 2016/11/02 South Africa has announced its intention to withdraw from the International Criminal Court (ICC). According to the Daily Maverick, South African diplomats delivered a formal notice of withdrawal to the Rome Statute of the ICC, initiating a year-long process. In its deposition, South Africa accused the Hague-based court of bias against African nations. South Africa maintains that there are examples of inequality and unfairness in the conduct of the ICC, its relationship with the Security Council, and to the court’s alleged focus on crimes committed in Africa, despite there being evidence of similar violations existing on other continents.
  • Morocco on Course to Fill Empty Seat at the African Union

    CASABLANCA, 2016/07/15 Morocco’s Foreign Minister Salaheddine Mezouar is on an African tour to step up diplomatic ties with a host of African nations in a bid to pave the way for a return of Morocco to its blank Seat at the African Union ahead of its upcoming summit in Rwanda, Moroccan Media reported on July 14. A diplomatic source that requested not to be named told Akhbar Al Yaoum Daily newspaper that Morocco is preparing to fill its blank seat at the 27th African Union’s summit scheduled on July 17-18 in Kigali.