The heads of French and German diplomacy end their visit to Ethiopia to “call on African countries to condemn Russian aggression in Ukraine”.
These governments will tell you that they do not influence African countries, no, no, no interference in their country or in the reflection!! As if Africans needed to be told what to think or what to say. A journey for call on African countries to condemn? “While these are about to be saved by the Russians from the clutches of these same colonizers of the EU, the latter are asking them to take sides? There really is a problem in European diplomacy.
Published on 15.1.2023
During a trip to Ethiopia where the Chairman of the African Union Commission was present, the German and French Foreign Ministers called on African countries to condemn Russian aggression in Ukraine.
Throughout the visit, the two ministers made sure to speak with one voice; carry the same messages by calling each other “my friend”. Objective: to display the strength of the Franco-German couple, but also to form a common front to defend the place of their countries and more generally of Europe in a region where the influence of China and Russia is growing.
France and Germany have made this clear. They expect more explicit support from their African partners in the face of Russia over the war in Ukraine.
” There is an aggressor and an aggressor, and it is important that everyone tells the aggressor that he must stop his aggression said French Foreign Minister Catherine Colonna, following his meeting with Moussa Faki Mahamat. ” We have common interests and expectations towards our African friends she clarified. Same message from his German counterpart: “ we need Africa to defend peace in Europe, said Annalena Baerbock
Visiting a warehouse of the World Food Program, the French Minister of Foreign Affairs castigated the attitude of the Russian President who, according to her, uses “ cereals as a weapon of war “.
The two ministers insisted on their desire for a strengthened partnership between the two continents and explicitly supported a long-standing demand of the AU, namely better representation within the United Nations. ” The world in 2023 is not the same as after the Second World War, and that is why we support the allocation of two permanent seats to the African continent “, specified the German Minister of Foreign Affairs.
Moussa Faki Mahamat welcomed this support. In his eyes, Africa’s absence from the United Nations Security Council is a ” injustice that must be repaired “.
Anxious to occupy the field, the two diplomats also expressed their support for the Ethiopian peace process, describing as “positive” the assessment of the Pretoria agreement, only 2 months after its signature and while its implementation is just in its infancy. France has also pledged as of now to the tune of 28 million euros to participate in the financing of the “reconstruction” of the regions affected by the conflict.
TV5 Monde reports : Paris and Berlin call on Africa to condemn Russian aggression in Ukraine.
The heads of French and German diplomacy on Friday called on African countries to condemn Russian aggression in Ukraine, while insisting on the EU’s desire to intensify its relations with the African Union.
“It is important (about the war in Ukraine, editor’s note) to remember that there is an aggressor and an attacked and it is important that everyone tells the aggressor that he must stop his aggression,” said French Minister Catherine Colonna in Addis Ababa.
“We have common interests and we have expectations of our African friends and we have shared them with you,” she added, after a press briefing at the Union’s headquarters. African.
Same message delivered by his German counterpart Annalena Baerbock: “Peace in Europe is under attack (…) we need you, we need Africa to defend peace”.
Several African states abstained in March from a UN General Assembly vote on a resolution demanding “that Russia immediately cease the use of force against Ukraine”.
“We see the effect of this brutal Russian war all over the world and particularly in the Horn of Africa,” where Russia is using grain as a weapon of war by hampering Ukrainian deliveries, Baerbock continued.
The two ministers, who arrived in Ethiopia on Thursday for a two-day visit, spoke alongside Moussa Faki Mahamat, chairperson of the African Union Commission.
“We want to intensify the relationship between the EU and the African Union,” said Ms Baerbock, who recalled Germany’s support for a reform of the UN Permanent Security Council, which would allow the African continent to there be two permanent seats.
Ms. Colonna also advocated “better integration of the African continent into global governance” with better representation of the continent on the Security Council and a place for the African Union within the G20.
Describing Africa’s absence from the United Nations Security Council as “an injustice that must be repaired”, Moussa Faki Mahamat welcomed the “support” of France and Germany. The United States also supports such reform.
After the summit, almost a year ago, between the African Union and the EU, “we want to continue to build on the principles that have been approved” in order to strengthen cooperation between the two partners, affirmed Miss Colonna.