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AMBASSADOR TIBALEKA MEETS CZECH FOREIGN MINISTER

Wednesday, 14th March 2018
Czech Foreign Minister poses for a photo with the African Group of Ambassadors. Amb. Tibaleka (in yellow neck tie) is Uganda's Ambassador to the Czech Republic
H.E. Marcel R. Tibaleka, Uganda's Ambassador to the Czech Republic has met with Mr. Martin Stropnicky, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Czech Republic. This was on 12th March 2018 when the Czech Foreign Minister hosted the African Group of Ambassadors to a working luncheon at the Czernin Palace in Prague. The main themes of their talks were political developments on the African continent and security issues related to terrorism and migration.

Minister Stropnicky spoke with the ambassadors about current political developments on the African continent. He pointed out the upcoming discussion on the new framework of relations between the African, Caribbean and Pacific States and the EU, the so-called "Post Cotonou 2020 Agreement." The Czech Republic's priorities in relation to African countries are political relations, security and economic development. The minister also welcomed positive examples of the democratization process in Africa, such as the handover of political power in Ghana, Gambia and Angola.

The Czech Foreign Minister said that favorable democratic development is closely related to peace and security. He recalled, therefore, the recent G-5 Sahel Force Summit in Brussels, where the Czech Republic committed itself to this group, as well as other humanitarian and development aid, to contribute altogether 4 million Euros. He also announced greater involvement of the Czech Republic in the UN Stabilization Mission and the EU Training Mission in Mali, as well as continued participation in the UN Stabilization Mission in Congo and in the security co-operation with Kenya and Nigeria.

African countries and the EU cooperate through multiple frameworks such as the Cotonou agreement and the joint Africa-EU strategy. In addition to these frameworks, the Council has adopted three regional strategies for the Horn of Africa, Gulf of Guinea and Sahel.

Africa-EU relations also take place through formal dialogues, such as the EU-Africa summits.

Source: Uganda Embassy, Berlin

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