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UK defends plan to send asylum-seekers to Rwanda as first flight takes off Tuesday night

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British Prime Minister, Boris Johnson, has once again, defended plans by his government to go ahead with the deportation of asylum-seekers of various nationalities to Rwanda as the first flight which will take about 30 migrants to the East African country is set to leave Tuesday night.

Johnson who said attempts to block the flights were “abetting the work of criminal gangs” involved in smuggling people across borders, insisted that his administration will not back down on the deportation of the asylum seekers.

The UK government had reached an agreement with Rwanda in April to deport people who enter the country illegally to the East African country in an exchange deal worth £120 for millions in development aid.

Under the agreement with Kigali, anyone landing in the UK illegally is liable to be given a one-way ticket for processing and resettlement in Rwanda.

Despite the last-ditch legal bids to block the deportations, mounting protests and worldwide criticism, a chartered plane is set to leave one of London’s airports on Tuesday night and land in Kigali on Wednesday, campaigners said, after British judges on Monday rejected an appeal against the deportations.

According to NGO Care4Calais, those due to be deported include Albanians, Iraqis, Iranians and a Syrian.

The government contends this will deter people from paying criminals to help them take the risky journey across the English Channel in small boats.

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US wants Africa to isolate Russia but won’t force its decision – Secretary Blinken

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Despite having seek support from the continent’s 54 countries in efforts to isolate Russia over its Ukraine invasion, the United States says it will not dictate Africa’s choices.

The US Secretary of State, Antony Blinken said on Monday, while presenting a new strategy document for sub-Saharan Africa at the University of Pretoria in South Africa’s capital.

The presentation is part of a continental tour that will also take him to the Democratic Republic of Congo and Rwanda.

“Too often, African nations have been treated as instruments of other nations’ progress, rather than the authors of their own,” said Blinken. “They have been told to pick a side in great power contests that feel far removed from daily struggles of their people.”

The strategy document stressed the threats posed by China and Russia to the United States’ interest in this increasingly important region.

Africa has been at the centre of the Russian/Ukraine war, with the two European countries being power houses in the supply of grains and other staple, the war has lunched in an era of high food cost in developing countries, largely African countries.

The continent has had a contingent of international guest lately. Recall  that Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavlov and French President Emmanuel Macron’s travel recently visited. Ukraine also announced that its Foreign minister will soon be visiting in a yet to be announced that.

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Ukraine foreign minister to tour African states. Here’s why

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Ukraine President, Volodymyr Zelenskiy on Thursday revealed that its foreign minister will make a tour of African states this autumn.

The president’s office quoted Zelenskiy as saying at an online news conference for African media.

“I can’t do it now because of the war. I planned before the war, and I am sure that after the war I will do it,” The presidency said.

Africa has been at the centre of the Russian/Ukraine war, with the two European countries being power houses in the supply of grains and other staple, the war has lunched in an era of high food cost in developing countries, largely African countries.

The Ukrainian foreign minister’s visit will be the fourth in the series of strategic diplomatic visits to the continent in recent month by international leaders.

News broke on Monday that The United States Secretary of State, Anthony Blnken, is scheduled to tour Africa at a later date this month. That is shortly after Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavlov and French President Emmanuel Macron’s travel to three west African states where the European Union pledged to make Africa its focal point.

Despite the geographical distance, there are important ties between Ukraine and Africa, including more than 8,000 Moroccans and 4,000 Nigerians studying in Ukraine and over $4 billion in exports from Ukraine to Africa.

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