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Chinese Foreign Minister, Qin Gang, visits Benin Republic to ‘identify more fields of action’

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As part of moves to strengthen economic and industrial ties between the two countries, the Chinese Minister of Foreign Affairs, Qin Gang has visited the Benin Republic.

Qin Gang arrived in the country’s capital, Cotonou on Saturday, following recent celebrations of 50 years of cooperation between the two countries.

Qin said his visit was to “identify more fields of action.”

“I am thinking for example of infrastructure, agriculture, human resources training, manufacturing, and peace and security,” he added.

China is Africa’s largest trading partner, bilateral creditor, and a crucial source of infrastructure investment. Chinese firms account for an estimated one-eighth of the continent’s industrial output.

Bilateral relations between the two countries were first established in November 1964. In January 1966, Benin recognized the Republic of China (Taiwan) and withdrew relations with the People’s Republic.

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US Secretary, Anthony Blinken, reveals concern over human rights in Egypt

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The United States Secretary of State, Antony Blinken has revealed that the US is concerned over human right abuses in North African country, Egypt.

Blinken made the position known During a press conference with Egyptian Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry, noting that the development top item on the agenda in talks with Egypt’s president and foreign minister during a visit to Cairo on Monday.

Blinken said the United States would continue to encourage Egypt to take further actions on human rights, including releasing more political prisoners and reforming pre-trial detention.

He also said holding elections in Libya this year was the only viable path to a durable solution in the country.

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Months after truce with Tigray region, US official insists Eritrean troops still at Ethiopian borders

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Months after peace was brokered between crises involving the Ethiopian government, Eritrea, and the Tigray Peoples Liberation Front, a senior United State official has revealed Eritrean troops are still in Ethiopia although they have moved back the border.

The United State Ambassador to the United Nations, Linda Thomas-Greenfield, said at a news conference during a visit to the Kenyan capital Nairobi, that “with respect to Eritreans we understand they have moved back to the border and they have been asked to leave.”

The alleged presence of the Eritrean troops contradicts Ethiopian authorities’ position on the departure of the Eritreans who fought alongside the Ethiopian military and allied militias in the two-year conflict that pitted the Ethiopian government against rebellious forces in the northern region of Tigray.

Meanwhile, the allegation has been denied by a senior Ethiopia military officer briefing foreign officials on Saturday.

“There is no other security force in the Tigray region except the FDRE Defense Forces,” Major General Teshome Gemechu said, using an acronym for the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia.

The Ethiopian government nor any of its officials have made official reactions to the allegations. The government spokesperson Legesse Tulu, Redwan Hussein, national security advisor to the prime minister, and Colonel Getnet Adane, spokesperson to Ethiopian Army also did not respond to requests for comment on claims by Thomas-Greenfield and Getachew.

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