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NEW YORK – Việt Nam always attaches importance to promoting friendship and cooperation with African countries, including Burundi, Prime Minister Phạm Minh Chính said while meeting Burundian President Evariste Ndayishimiye in New York on September 22 as part of his trip to attend the high-level week of the 78th UN General Assembly.

PM Chính thanked the Burundian government for supporting Vietnamese enterprise’s telecommunications project which contributes to the host nation’s socio-economic development.

He proposed Burundi create more favourable conditions for Vietnamese firms to operate in the African nation, and suggested both countries enhance delegation exchanges, promote cooperation mechanisms, and bolster trade exchanges as well as agricultural collaboration.

President Ndayishimiye, for his part, congratulated Việt Nam on its achievements in the cause of national construction and development, saying Việt Nam was an outstanding example for other developing countries.

Burundi always treasured the development of relations with Việt Nam, a potential partner in Southeast Asia, he said, adding he agreed with PM Chí nh’s recommendations to boost the bilateral ties in the time ahead, with a focus given to investment-trade cooperation.

Both leaders reached consensus on enhancing cooperation and supporting each other at multilateral forums as well as promoting their roles as bridges to enhance cooperation with the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), and the African Union (AU) as well as between the two regional blocs.

At the meeting, the two leaders also discussed several issues of mutual concern, including the East Sea (internationally known as the South China Sea) matters.

PM Chính took this occasion to convey President Võ Văn Thưởng’s invitation to President Evariste Ndayishimiye to visit Việt Nam. President Ndayishimiye accepted the invitation with pleasure and expressed his hope to visit Việt Nam soon. - Viet Nam News



September 21, 2023 (JUBA) – South Sudan President Salva Kiir declined a meeting with junior United States officials amid concerns over what his administration described as breach in diplomatic protocols.

Kiir had requested to meet Joe Biden at the 78th United Nation General Assembly.

But Washington, in its response, said Biden would not be available for the meeting.

The US State Department, however, said its Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs, Molly Phee will instead be available to meet the South Sudanese leader.

However, South Sudan’s Presidential Affairs minister, Barnaba Marial Benjamin said Kiir was unavailable for a meeting with junior officials from the US administration.

“His Excellency the president is currently engaging other leaders on a wide range of issues. He has met with the president of Gabon, the president of Mozambique, president of Ghana and continues to reach out for more meetings with those he can engage on bilateral matters, regional and global issues,” said Marial.

“Once these engagements are over, he [Kiir] will return to the country,” he added.

For his part, South Sudan’s Foreign Affairs minister, James Morgan said President Kiir’s visit to New York provided him the opportunity to meet other world leaders.

While addressing the UN General Assembly on Thursday, the South Sudanese leader appealed urged support for refugees affected by the conflict in Sudan.

He vowed to cooperate with the international community to end the conflict.

“As the country sharing a border with the Republic of Sudan, South Sudan has received thousands of Sudanese refugees and our returnees since the conflict broke out in Sudan in April 2023”, explained Kiir.

He decried the humanitarian crisis resulting from the war in neighbouring Sudan.

“This influx has overwhelmed our border communities and created a humanitarian crisis. I am appealing to the international community to avail resources to help refugees and displaced persons who crossed into South Sudan,” Kiir told world leaders.

He also informed the assembly of his administration’s plan to conduct elections to establish democracy and set up a strong system of governance in the country. - Sudan Tribune



September 16, 2023 (KHARTOUM) – Abdel Fattah al-Burhan, the Chairman of the Sudanese Sovereign Council, embarked on an official visit to Uganda on Saturday morning.

Departing from Port Sudan International Airport, al-Burhan received a farewell from Mohamed Al-Ghali Ali Youssif, the Secretary-General of the Sovereign Council, and several ministers.

During his sixth trip since last August, he would hold talks with President Yoweri Museveni about enhancing bilateral relations between the two countries, exploring avenues for their strengthening, and addressing matters of mutual interests, stated the Council.

The two leaders are expected to discuss the Sudanese position from the IGAD mediation group.

Sudan rejects the chairmanship of Kenyan President William Ruto of the IGAD Quartet Group casting doubts about his neutrality in the conflict with the Rapid Support Forces (RSF).

Al-Burhan is accompanied by Foreign Minister, Ali Al-Sadiq, and the Director of the General Intelligence Service Ahmed Ibrahim Mufaddal.

Last July, Museveni received a delegation from the Forces for Freedom and Change to discuss ways to end the five-months conflict in Sudan. - Sudan Tribune


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