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The destinations of the visit will be Johannesburg, the economic hub of South Africa, Pretoria, the capital, and Cape Town Under-Secretary of State for External Economic Relations Matti Anttonen will lead a Team Finland trade mission to South Africa on 17-21 October. In 2015, Finland’s exports to South Africa totalled about EUR 279 million and …

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The United Nations refugee agency today condemned attacks on civilians in the Central African Republic (CAR), where clashes between rival groups have forced thousands of people to flee their homes and disrupted vital humanitarian aid operations. The Office of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) “strongly condemns attacks against civilians which severely hamper the …

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President Keita shared his views on the situation in Mali and Sub-Saharan Africa, pointing to the need to consolidate efforts to rally effective resistance against terrorism and extremism in Africa On October 12, Russian Deputy Foreign Minister and Special Presidential Envoy for the Middle East and Africa Mikhail Bogdanov met with President of Mali Ibrahim …

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The South African Government looks forward to establishing a close working relationship with Mr Gutteres and wishes him well in shouldering the momentous responsibility that comes with leading the world’s foremost international organisation The South African Government extends its warm congratulations to Mr António Gutteres from Portugal following his appointment by the United Nations General …

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After two and a half years away from their homes and families, 21 Chibok girls kidnapped by Boko Haram, are finally released Statement by High Representative/Vice- President Federica Mogherini, Commissioner for International Cooperation & Development Neven Mimica and Commissioner for Humanitarian Aid & Crisis Management Christos Stylianides on the release of girls kidnapped by Boko …

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The Secretary-General commended Mr. Kobler and the staff of the United Nations Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL) for their tireless efforts in support of peace and stability in Libya In response to questions on Libya, the Spokesman for the Secretary-General had the following to say: The Secretary-General continues to follow developments in Libya closely. Just …

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Statement attributable to AUC Chairperson, H.E. Dr Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma: Three years ago, the AU Heads of State and Government committed to silencing the guns by 2020. In August 2015, the Peace Agreement signed in South Sudan gave hope that peace would be possible for the people of South Sudan. This hope must be realized, particularly for …

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The Special Adviser to the Secretary-General for Conflict Prevention (including Burundi), Jamal Benomar, briefed the Security Council today on the implementation of Security Council resolution 2303 [29 July 2016]. Below is his statement after the briefing: I just briefed the Security Council on the status of the implementation of resolution 2303. As you are aware, …

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The annual report shows that Stats SA had obtained yet another clean audit opinion from the Auditor-General The Statistician-General of South Africa, Dr Pali Lehohla, today presented the Statistics South Africa (Stats SA) annual report for the financial year 2015/2016 to the Parliamentary Portfolio Committee on Public Service and Administration & Planning, Monitoring and Evaluation. …

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“I had today a very open and constructive phone call with Mozambican President Filipe Nyusi. I underlined that the EU remains fully committed to continue supporting the peace process in Mozambique I expressed my condolences following the murder of peace negotiator Jeremias Pondeca and we both agreed that the peace process should by no means …

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