Visit State of President IBK in Republic of Namibia

The two Presidents expressed their concern at the upsurge in terrorist attacks in Mali

  1. At the invitation of his Excellency Dr. Hage GEINGOB, President of the Republic of Namibia, his Excellency Mr. Boubacar Keita, President of the Republic of Mali, conducted from 18 to March 22, 2016, a State visit to Republic of Namibia.
  2. His Excellency Mr. Ibrahim Boubacar Keita was notably accompanied by Mrs Keita Aminata Maiga, first lady of the Republic of Mali, the Minister for Foreign Affairs, Cooperation and African Integration, as well as other senior officials.
  3. During the visit, the two Chief of State had official talks during which they discussed a wide range of issues of mutual interest at bilateral, continental and international levels.
  4. The visit was an opportunity for the two heads of State to review their bilateral relations which they both considered excellent and have reiterated their commitment to further strengthen.
  5. His Excellency Mr. Hage GEINGOB recalled his memorable visit to Republic of Mali in may 2015et expressed his gratitude for the warm welcome and excellent hospitality with himself and his delegation were the subject.
  6. His Excellency Mr. Ibrahim Boubacar Keita recalled his memorable visit to Republic of Namibia exactly a year ago, on the occasion of the ceremony of investiture of his brother, President GEINGOB and Furthermore, evoked memories vivid for the visit of his Excellency Dr. Hage GEINGOB in Mali in may 2015.
  7. The two heads of State stressed the need to implement the agreements of bilateral cooperation signed between the two countries, in particular the agreement on cultural, scientific and technical cooperation. The two heads of State agreed to explore cooperation in the fields of agriculture, mining, fishing and the Technologies of Information and Communication, and in this regard, have instructed their Ministers to speed up cooperation in such areas. Mali has expressed an interest for the two countries to explore the possibility of abolition of visas for holders of passports diplomatic and service.
  8. The two leaders agreed, moreover, that the great Commission joint co-operation (CMCG) Mali – Namibia held its first session during the month of August 2016 in Namibia.
  9. His Excellency Dr. Hage GEINGOB has reaffirmed its commitment to ensure that the two countries cooperate in the production of vaccines against the hooves and mouth livestock disease and other animal diseases. On the other hand, his Excellency Mr. Hage GEINGOB instructed the Minister of Agriculture, water and forests of the Republic of Namibia, to conduct a visit in Mali before the end of the month of may 2016.
  10. His Excellency Mr. Ibrahim Boubacar Keita made to his Excellency Dr. Hage GEINGOB point of the security situation in Mali, in particular operations of the forces of the MINUSMA and the Member countries of the G5, namely Burkina Faso, Chad, Mauritania, Mali and Niger. The two countries agreed to continue in-depth discussions on the implementation of the peace process in Mali.
  11. His Excellency Dr. Hage GEINGOB praised the leadership of his Excellency Mr. Ibrahim Boubacar Keïta in the context of the signing of the agreement for peace and Reconciliation in May and June 2015 in Bamako, and said he was confident that its implementation will put an end to the security crisis unfolding in the northern part of the country from 2012.
  12. His Excellency Dr. Hage GEINGOB reiterated the political and moral support of Namibia to the Government and the people of Mali in the context of the implementation of the agreement for peace and Reconciliation.
  13. The two leaders reaffirmed their support for the efforts of the Secretary-General of the United Nations, Mr Ban Ki-moon and his Special Envoy, to find a mutually acceptable political solution, in accordance with the relevant resolutions of the Security Council and of the General Assembly of the United Nations.
  14. The two heads of State also reiterated their support for the struggle for self-determination and independence of the people of Palestine.
  15. The two heads of State strongly condemned the terrorist attack in Bamako on March 21, 2016 against the hotel North-South with the 'European Union Training Mission' and expressed their determination to strengthen the fight against terrorism.
  16. His Excellency Dr. Hage GEINGOB expressed the solidarity of the Republic of Namibia to the Government and the people of Mali.
  17. The two Presidents expressed their concern at the upsurge in terrorist attacks in Mali, in the Sahel region and in the world generally, and condemned the attacks and the conflicts engendered by extremism insofar as they continue to be a threat to peace and international stability.
  18. The heads of State have placed emphasis on the importance of the collaboration between the organizations under regional such as ECOWAS and SADC, and also highlighted the role important that these organizations will have to play in the promotion of a much closer cooperation between the two communities under regional and in the realization of the Agenda 2063 of the African Union.
  19. His Excellency Mr. Ibrahim Boubacar Keita expressed his gratitude for the excellent and warm welcome and generous hospitality which himself and his delegation were the subject during their stay in Namibia.
  20. His Excellency Mr. Ibrahim Boubacar Keita invited His Excellency Dr. Hage GEINGOB, President of the Republic of Namibia, to make a State visit to Mali. The invitation was accepted with pleasure and the date will be fixed by mutual agreement through diplomatic channels.

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