Category: Diplomacy

The US needs to update its Nigeria engagement says ex-ambassador, John Campbell

By John Campbell | Quartz Africa

These are excerpts from the book “Nigeria and the Nation-State: Rethinking diplomacy with the postcolonial world“, by John Campbell, former US ambassador to Nigeria (2004-2007).

A purpose of this book is to warn Americans and their partners against making the same conceptual mistakes in Africa that they did during wars in Afghanistan, Iraq, and Vietnam. Africa is complex and its politics are highly local. It does not lend itself to the good-versus-evil analysis that distorted policy in those three wars.

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Nureldin Satti | Sudan’s New Ambassador Predicts Improved Relations With US

By John Tanza | Voice of America

The new Sudanese top diplomat in Washington said his country is committed to correcting the mistakes of former rulers of Sudan.

“This [Sudanese] revolution, you know, has come because of certain errors being committed in the past and because the people, the overwhelming majority of the Sudanese people, have realized that the ways of the Islamists were not in the interest of the country,” said Ambassador Nureldin Satti.

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US sanctions on Africa need overhaul: experts

By Uta Steinwehr | DW

Washington plans to lift sanctions on Sudan in return for compensation for terror victims, making the African country a pawn in the US election campaign. Experts say this approach to sanctions in Africa needs to change.

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Paula Caldwell St Onge | accolades pour for retiring Director-General of Canada-Africa Affairs

By Adesina Wahab | Vanguard

The Nigerian and Canadian Business Network, NCBN, and the cream of diplomatic corps in Canada have poured encomiums on the former Director-General of the Pan Africa relationship at Global Affairs, Ambassador Paula Caldwell St Onge, as she retired from office.

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U.S. Halts Some Foreign Assistance Funding to Ethiopia Over Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam Dispute with Egypt, Sudan

BY ROBBIE GRAMER | Foreign Policy

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has approved a plan to halt U.S. foreign assistance to Ethiopia as the Trump administration attempts to mediate a dispute with Egypt and Sudan over the East African country’s construction of a massive dam on the Nile River.

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US Announces Visa Restrictions on Sudanese Entities

By Nabeel Biajo | | Voice of America

WASHINGTON – The United States government announced this week it will begin visa restrictions on people believed to be undermining Sudan’s civilian-led government. The order will affect former officials of ousted President Omar Al Bashir’s administration and others, U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said in a statement.

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Sudan appoints its first US ambassador in Over 20 Years

By Natalie Liu | Voice of America

The prospects for improved relations between the United States and Sudan took a major step forward with this week’s announcement that the transitional government in Khartoum has named veteran diplomat Noureldin Sati to serve as its ambassador in Washington. The appointment, which reportedly has been approved by the United States, ends more than 20 years of top-level diplomatic estrangement between the two countries.

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MARKS NAMED US AMBASSADOR TO SOUTH AFRICA

By Patrick Burgess

Controversial former Bermuda resident Lana Marks has been confirmed as the American ambassador to South Africa by the US Senate almost a year after President Donald Trump appointed her to the post.

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Nigerian Vice President , Osinbajo, meets with Mike Pence

Vice President Mike Pence has described his Nigerian counterpart Prof. Yemi Osinbajo as his ‘friend’ after the pair met at the White House on Wednesday. Prof. Osinbajo who was in the United States on a four-day working visit had a closed door meeting with Mr. Pence.

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Niger, Tunisia elected to UN Security Council seats

The nations of Niger and Tunisia were elected to two-year terms on the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) on Friday. They join the 10-nation roster of nonpermanent members to the council, along with incoming nations Estonia, Vietnam and – in a first for the smallest country to ever hold a seat – St. Vincent and the Grenadines representing the Caribbean.

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