“Over the past days, I have been holding talks to support efforts to restore peace and political dialogue in Ethiopia” reads the statement of Josep Borrell (pictured) on the latest developments in Ethiopia.
“During my talks with Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed of the Federal Republic of Ethiopia, I conveyed the EU’s concern for the risks to the integrity of the country and the stability of the wider region should the current situation endure. In this regard, I have offered the support of the EU for any action contributing to de-escalation of tensions, return to dialogue and securing rule of law throughout Ethiopia” the EU top diplomat continued.
“In talks with Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdok, of Sudan, in his capacity as Chairperson of the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD), and with Chairperson of the African Union Commission, Moussa Faki Mahamat, I renewed the EU’s support to any initiative of IGAD and the African Union to address the situation”.
“Additional consultations have occurred with other partners in the wider region and will continue”.
“Stability in the region remains a priority for the European Union”.
Three Americans, among them one U.S. military servicemember and two contractors, were killed in al Shabaab militia attack on a military base in Kenya exploited by both U.S. and Kenyan forces, the army officials said, referring to Sunday events in Manda Bay Airfield in Lamu county, close to the Somali border.
The military’s Africa Command informed about the deaths and clarified that two other Americans who are working for the U.S. Department of Defense were wounded during the attack
The wounded Americans are currently in stable condition and being evacuated,” Africa Command (AFRICOM) said in a statement.
In Niger 12 soldiers were killed and eight wounded in an attack by gunmen reportedly belonging to Islamist insurgent group Boko Haram, the defense ministry confirmed this week.
Boko Haram has been in offensive for a decade to establish the Caliphate in Nigeria, and has been undertaking the regular raids over the borders into neighboring Chad, Niger and Cameroon.
On the night of October 29-30, an army position in Diffa region was “attacked by unidentified armed persons very probably belonging to the terrorist group Boko Haram,” the officials announced in statement, transmitted by radio.
Russia will maintain defense co-operation with Mozambique at a level that the African country finds appropriate, Russian Ambassador in Mozambique Alexander Surikov said in an interview to Russian news agency TASS.
“We have a rather advanced legal framework as far as defense cooperation with Mozambique is concerned,” he stated. “During recent visits, we made an agreement facilitating Russian warships’ visits to Mozambique’s ports. Cooperation will continue at a level that Mozambique finds appropriate,” the diplomat underlined.
H.E. Surikov pointed out that the USSR had provided assistance to Mozambique during its war for independence. “It is no wonder that Mozambique’s coat of arms features an AK rifle,” he noted.
“Mozambique is now a peaceful country, the war for independence is over, and our cooperation declined accordingly, it has never been permanent,” the diplomat pointed out. “Depending on the situation, we provide more assistance to our friends in Mozambique when they need it and reduce the amount of help when they have no need for it. When they need additional resources, Russia provides assistance in accordance with their requests,” he explained.
H.E.Surikov rejected allegations that Russia sought to interfere in the domestic affairs of African countries. “Some have been raising this issue in relation to Mozambique because the country’s government is carrying out a series of operations against armed gangs active in the north of Mozambique, where several rich deposits of natural resources are located,” he added.
Cameroon’s Constitutional Council rejected the last of 18 petitions demanding for a re-run of an October 7 election that the opposition said was marred by fraud, leading to the expected result to extend President Paul Biya (85) uninterrupted rule to four decades.
President Biya is currently the longest ruling elected leader of Africa, and the oldest ruler in Sub-Saharan Africa, ascending power 36 years ago.
Under Biya rule Cameroon became an absolute ‘champion’ of Human rights violations:
Already this year hundreds of civilians have been killed in a violent conflict between the Cameroonian military and in separatists. Ongoing clashes between insurgents fighting for a breakaway republic in Cameroon’s English-speaking region and troops took away lives of many, but also caused a displacement tens of thousands more since the conflict intensified late last year. In return for military violence insurgents have abducted and killed soldiers and policemen in guerrilla raids.
Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev has approved the draft agreement with the government of the Central African Republic (CAR) to open a representation of the Defense Ministry. The relevant document was published on the official web portal. (Image above: illustration).
“To approve the draft agreement proposed by the Russian Defense Ministry and coordinated with the Russian Foreign Ministry and other relevant federal executive authorities… on establishing a representative office of the Russian Defense Ministry at the Ministry of National Defense and Restructuring of the Army of the Central African Republic,” the document said.
The prime minister ordered the Defense Ministry to hold talks with CAR representatives and sign a document upon reaching an agreement.
The draft agreement was put forward with the aim of providing assistance to CAR in the issues of military and military-technical cooperation, as well as ensuring the activities of Russian military specialists in the African country on assisting in restructuring the country’s Armed Forces, providing training on using and repairing the military equipment delivered by Russia. The maintenance of the representative office of the Russian Defense Ministry will be financed by the Russian side, the document added.
The agreement comes into force on the date of its signing and does not have an expiration date.
Numerous African states seek to pursue military and technical cooperation with Russia and purchase new generation of weapon systems, Director of the Russian Foreign Ministry’s Africa Department Andrei Kemarsky told TASS news agency.
“The armed forces of many African countries were established in the Soviet period with the active support of our country. The armament and military hardware they operate are of Soviet or Russian origin. In this regard, they objectively retain interested in maintaining this hardware in an operational state, renewing it and acquiring some new weapon systems,” the Russian diplomat said.
“Besides the African countries view the development of cooperation in the military and technical sphere as an instrument of ensuring their sovereignty, independence and countering the pressure of Western countries and providing security, including amid the struggle against terrorism challenges,” Kemarsky continued.
“The threat of terrorism in some African regions has been at intensified, also as a result of the Western countries’ military intervention in Libya, from which radical ideas, extremism and terrorism are spreading today, first of all, to the Sahara-Sahel region,” Russian diplomat added.