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A Tale of Three U.S. Sanctions: One in Africa, Two in the Americas

the AU has little to show for itself
In its decade of existence, the AU has little to show for itself. Its “uselessness” is evident not only in its political impotence and economic ineptitude but also in its failure to defend African common positions in achieving peace and security.

By OEA,

A CURSORY view of the responses of the continental organizations to three U.S. sanctions, one in Africa and the other two in the Americas, shows in a stark way the abysmal lack of independence among the African nations in setting their foreign policies.

The nations in question are Eritrea, Cuba and Venezuela. However, this is not about the targeted nations, and the purpose here is not to focus on the sanctions themselves. The focus here is on the responses of the nations and organizations of the two continents the targeted nations represent to the imposition of the sanctions by the United States — directly or through the United Nations.  Continue reading A Tale of Three U.S. Sanctions: One in Africa, Two in the Americas

Eritrean Delegation Participated in the 23rd African Union Summit

Eritrean Delegation at the 23rd Session of the AU Summit, Malabo, Equatorial Guinea

By Eritrea Mission to AU and UNECA,

A DELEGATION led by Mr. Osman Saleh, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Eritrea, participated in the 23rd Summit of the African Union (AU) held in Malabo, Equatorial Guinea, from 20-27 June 2014, under the theme “Year of Agriculture and Food Security.”

The Conference was conducted in three levels. The 28th Session of the Permanent Representatives Committee was convened from 20-22 June at the level of Ambassadors, followed by the 25th Session of the Executive Council held from 23-25 June at the level of Foreign Ministers, while the 23rd Session of the Assembly of Heads of State and Government took place on 26 and 27 June.  Continue reading Eritrean Delegation Participated in the 23rd African Union Summit

Egypt Welcomes AU Decision to Reinstate Membership

Egypt is a historical or original member of the OAU. It also hosted the second OAU summit in Cairo in 1964 chaired by the illustrious President Gamal Abdel Nasser

“Egypt now is on board again on all activities of the African Union,” AU’s Peace and Security Commissioner, Smail Chergui

By Ahram Online,

EGYPT’s foreign ministry released a statement on Tuesday welcoming the African Union’s decision to reinstate the country’s membership.

“The decision reflected [the AU’s] respect for the will of the Egyptian people embodied in 30 June and finalising the first two milestones of the new roadmap: the constitutional referendum and the presidential election,” the ministry’s statement said.

Earlier on Tuesday, the AU’s Peace and Security Council unanimously agreed to unfreeze Egypt’s membership to the 54-member bloc.  Continue reading Egypt Welcomes AU Decision to Reinstate Membership