Horn of Africa face threats as US-Iran conflict escalates

04/01/2020 – TENSIONS between the US and Iran, as well as between Iran and Saudi Arabia, are reaching a critical level, as are risks of a deliberate or accidental confrontation among these parties.
Nearly two years after entering into force, the 2015 Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) between Iran and the P5+1 (permanent members of the Security Council plus Germany) is in jeopardy. Continuer à lire … « Horn of Africa face threats as US-Iran conflict escalates »

Flights suspended in Libya’s capital due to rocket fire, says official

03/01/2020 – Flights were suspended until further notice at the only functioning airport in Libya’s capital Tripoli on Friday due to rockets falling nearby, an airport official said.

The closure of Mitiga Airport comes a day after Turkey’s parliament voted to allow a troop deployment to Libya, deepening fears of an escalation of fighting in the North African country. Continuer à lire … « Flights suspended in Libya’s capital due to rocket fire, says official »

US agency warns of threat to Kenyan airspace

03/01/2020 – The US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has warned American air carriers to “exercise caution” when flying over Kenyan airspace, citing possible attacks by extremists.
In an advisory directed to civilian airliners and all operators of US-registered aircraft issued last week, the agency said: “Those persons are advised to exercise caution when flying into, out of, within, or over the territory and airspace of Kenya East of 40 degrees East longitude at altitudes below fl260 due to the possibility of extremist/militant activity.” Continuer à lire … « US agency warns of threat to Kenyan airspace »

EU Foreign Affairs Official Heads Delegation to Libya on Jan.

29/12/2019 – EU High Representative of Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Josep Borrell said he will, along with a number of European Ministers, visit Libya on January 7 to meet Libyan leaders. Borrell disclosed the visit at a phone call with the GNA Foreign Minister Mohamed Siala to discuss situation in Libya. Borrell said he will be accompanied, on his visit to Libya, by Foreign Ministers of Italy, Germany, Britain and France, to discuss the situation in the country with the Head of the Presidency Council Fayez Al Serraj. Meanwhile, the Belgian capital is hosting a meeting on Monday on the Libyan crisis, which will bring together high ranking officials from Italy, Germany, France and the United Kingdom, to arrange for the EU mission to Libya.

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Germany ponders bigger troop mandate in Africa’s Sahel

29/12/2019 – Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer said she supports sending more troops to Africa’s Sahel. Although France already has a strong deployment, they’ve asked for support and Germany cannot « duck away » from the region, she said. Continuer à lire … « Germany ponders bigger troop mandate in Africa’s Sahel »

Morocco, Mauritania Signal Warming Relations With FM Visit

27/12/2019 – Since the election of Mauritania’s new president, Mohamed Ould Cheikh El Ghazouani, in July, relations between Morocco and Mauritania have improved significantly.

Morocco’s Minister of Foreign Affairs, African Cooperation, and Moroccan Expatriates Nasser Bourita met with his Mauritanian counterpart, Smael Ould Cheikh Ahmed, on Friday, December 20, at the eighth African Students and Youth Summit in Rabat. Continuer à lire … « Morocco, Mauritania Signal Warming Relations With FM Visit »

US Officials Share Details About Pompeo’s Morocco Visit

Rabat – The US Department of State has published the transcript of a briefing session with two senior US officials following their recent visit to Morocco with Secretary of State Mike Pompeo. Continuer à lire … « US Officials Share Details About Pompeo’s Morocco Visit »