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Spanish minister on Africa tour

Posted by African Press International on January 27, 2008

Madrid (Spain) Spanish Foreign Affairs Minister Miguel Angel Moratinos, arrived in Mali on Saturday on th first leg of his four African-nation tour that will take him to Guinea Bissau, DR Congo and Ethiopia, sources has said.

“Spain cannot afford to be absent from Africa, which will be a key international relations stakeholder in the medium term,” Moratinos said.

He added that the tour aims at confirming the results of implementing the “African Plan”, which Spain adopted in May last year.

Spain regards Mali, the first leg of the tour, as “a strategic country” for its external relations.

Moratinos will visit a handicraft training project and commission the Spanish embassy as well as a technical cooperation agency in the West African nation.

He will further meet with his counterpart Moctar Ouane alongside Malian Prime Minister Modibo Sidib.

Moratinos will later proceed to Guinea Bissau to meet with Prime Minister Martinho Dafa Cabi and Home Affairs as well as Finance and Public Works ministers.

The Guinea Bissau leg will centre on the migratory issue, discuss how to use a comprehensive approach involving development aid in addition to the security component.

The next phase of the tour is Kinshasa, where the Spanish official will evoke Spains contribution in the peace process with the local authorities as the country struggles against armed groups.

Moratinos ends his tour in Ethiopia as the AU ordinary session convenes.

Published by Korir, API source.apa

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