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Africa: Namibia Perturbed By Warring in Ethiopia, Mozambique

International relations and cooperation minister Netumbo Nandi-Ndaitwah said that Namibia is deeply concerned about the conflicts in both Ethiopia and Mozambique.

She said the country is concerned about the fighting that went on for nearly two weeks and has destabilized Ethiopia, with reports of several deaths, and displacement.

Namibia is further perturbed by the Cabo Delgado Civil War, that is pitting Mozambican military against militants attempting to establish an Islamic state in the SADC state.

Nandi-Ndaitwah expressed the government position on Friday during the diplomatic corps’ bi-annual briefing, aimed at informing foreign diplomats in Namibia about the country’s position on different global issues.

“The recent outbreak of conflict in Ethiopia, and the terrorist attacks in Mozambique are a real source of concern for stability on the continent that requires collective action to maintain peace and order. We are encouraged that regional institutions are seized with these developments,” said the minister, who is also Namibia’s deputy prime minister.

She said Africa has set herself to ‘Silence the Guns in 2020’, which unfortunately cannot be realised this year. However, the minister said this remains a priority for Africa. Nandi-Ndaitwah told diplomats that Namibia is ready and eager to welcome international guests amid Covid-19 pandemic, adding that the country offers a safe and unique tourist experience.