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Feb 26,2016

News in Brief

Africa and the African Union

The First-Ever conference on Immunization in Africa was held this week (February 23-25) in Addis Ababa, at the African Union, Plenary Hall under the theme: "Fulfilling a promise: ensuring Immunization for all Africa". (See article)

Presidents Jacob Zuma of South African, Mohamed Ould Abdel Aziz of Mauritania, Macky Sall of Senegal, Ali Bongo Ondimba of Gabon and Ethiopian Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn in Bujumbura, Burundi on (Feb 25) to mediate between President Nkurunziza and opposition politicians.

The Africa 2016 Business Forum was held in the Egyptian Sinai resort city of Sharm el Sheikh at the end of last week (February 20-21). (See article)


Ethiopian Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn is in Bujumbura, Burundi attending peace negotiation between President Nkurunziza and opposition politicians since Thursday (Feb 25).

Dr Tedros Adhanom held discussions with Second permanent secretary of the U.K home office, Mr. Oliver Robbins on Wednesday (February 24). Dr. Tedros and the permanent secretary discussed several issues, ranging from migration to regional peace and security. The permanent secretary appreciated the Government of Ethiopia for its commendable leadership roles in the region, particularly on migration issues. 

Prime Minister Hailemariam and the first vice president designate Rick Machar held discussions on Wednesday (February 24) about the ways of realizing the implementation of the peace agreement in Addis Ababa. They have also discussed about ways of enhancing the establishment of a joint army in Juba, following the formation of the transitional government.

Co-organized by the African Union, World Health Organization and the Government of Ethiopia, the First-Ever Ministerial Conference on Immunization in Africa kicked off on Wednesday (February 24) at the African Union Plenary Hall. (See article)

State Minister of Foreign Affairs, Ambassador Taye Atske-selassie held discussions with Mr Hayrettin Kaplan, CEO of Turk Exim Bank, on Tuesday (February 23,) on the margins of the High Level Partnership Forum on Somalia held in Istanbul, Turkey. The discussions of the two sides covered the financing of Ethiopia's GTP-2 projects by the Turkish Exim Bank. 

Ethiopian Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn is in Bujumbura, Burundi attending peace negotiation between President Nkurunziza and opposition politicians since Thursday (February 25).

The Second Ethio-Qatar Joint Technical Committee Meeting opened in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia on Tuesday (February 23).  The two day joint technical committee meeting was deliberated on the progress of the First Joint Technical Committee meeting and on areas of cooperation in finance, investment and social sector.

State Minister of Foreign Affairs, Regassa Kefale, received a high-level delegation from the International Organization for Migration (IOM) today (February, 23).

The High-Level Partnership Forum on Somalia (HLPF) opened in Istanbul Turkey on Tuesday (February 23) with a major focus on Somalia's progress. On this occasion, Ethiopia's State Minster of Foreign Affairs, Ambassador Taye Aske-Selassie arrived in turkey to attend High Level Partnership Forum (HLPF) on Somalia. Ethiopia's participation in this ministerial meeting affirms the country's commitment to supporting international efforts towards a more stable, peaceful and resilient Somalia. 


A report on Feb (25) said Eritrea won't shorten national service despite migration fears. It added the Asmara government insists conscription is vital for national security

Eritrea on (Feb 23) denied it sent soldiers to fight with a Saudi Arabia-led coalition in Yemen, accusing the United Nations of reporting flawed and "unsubstantiated" allegations against the Horn of Africa country

The Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) in collaboration with the Nairobi-based SAHAN Foundation in its new report (Feb 19) revealed that Eritrean diplomats including prominent Eritrean nationals are massively involved in human trafficking and smuggling activities in the Horn of Africa region. (See article)


IOM Djibouti welcomed a delegation of European, North American and Asian diplomats and representatives of humanitarian aid agencies. Their mission was to learn about one of the world's most treacherous migration routes and the growing migrant crisis that is killing hundreds of migrants each year as they attempt to reach the Arabian Peninsula from the Horn of Africa.


Kenyans have mastered the art of stealing, promoting tribalism and hurling insults, President Uhuru Kenyatta said on Wednesday (Feb 24). Addressing Kenyan students in Israel, he admitted Kenya faces unending problems created by its own citizens.


The High-Level Partnership Forum on Somalia came to a close (Feb 24) in Istanbul, Turkey today, after two days of deliberations on Somalia's progress particularly in the security, political fronts.

President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud said At least 180 Kenyan troops were killed when al-Shabab attacked the Kenyan base. The President gave the death toll of 180 in an interview with a Somali television station, while defending his attendance at a memorial for the soldiers in Kenya.

Somali cabinet members have held their weekly cabinet meets in Mogadishu on Thursday (Feb 25) The cabinet has passed Security and Defence Council for Somali Coasts bill as part of accelerated government policies in piracy-ridden waters in East Africa.Defence and Security Ministries briefed the cabinet on latest security developments in central and southern Somalia.

Somali government forces aided by African Union peacekeepers have seized Middle Shabelle region village of El Baraf without resistance on Wednesday (Feb 24) forces are in control of El Baraf, 40km off Middle Shabelle regional district of Mahaday according to witnesses. Al Shabaab militants are reported to have fled in advance of onslaught.

South Sudan

The United Nations Secretary General, Ban Ki moon during his visit to Juba on (Feb 25) has strongly condemned the most recent outbreak of violence at the UN protection of civilians' site in Malakal, the Upper Nile state capital, urging the South Sudanese government to conduct full investigations and bring the perpetrators to account.

South Sudanese first vice president designate, Riek Machar, discussed with former president of Tanzania, Jakaya Kikwete, (Feb 25) on the SPLM reunification process.

Police and military officers loyal to the SPLM-in-Opposition are expected to travel to Juba immediately, the Joint Monitoring and Evaluation Commission said in a statement on its website on Tuesday following a meeting with the parties. The SPLM- leader Riek Machar has assured the U.N. secretary-general by phone that he is ready to return to Juba in March to take up his position as first vice president.

South Sudanese government has announced on Thursday (Feb 25) a decision to pull out excess presidential guards force division from its headquarters located south of the presidential palace in the national capital, Juba.

South Sudanese First Vice President designate, Riek Machar, on Wednesday (Feb 24) met with the Ethiopian Prime Minister, Hailemariam Desalegn, in Addis Ababa. The meeting covered the status of the implementation of the peace agreement signed in August 2015


Sudan's Justice Minister, on Thursday (Feb 25) formed a fact-finding committee on the alleged burial of radioactive waste in northern Sudan desert during the construction of Merowe Dam.

The UN World Food Programme (WFP) in Sudan has welcomed a contribution of $1 million from the Government of Japan to support food assistance activities in Darfur

Belgium on Wednesday (Feb 24) signed a loan agreement of 551,000 euro with the Sudanese government to provide 1,200 water pumping stations to ten states.

South Africa to pull its National Defence Force soldiers out of Darfur, Sudan, from April 1, the Presidency said on Wednesday (Feb 24). Presidency spokesperson Bongani Majola said in a statement, "President Jacob Zuma has terminated the employment of members of the South African National Defence Force (SANDF) in Darfur, Sudan."