Guterres lobbies for the UN to take charge of militias' disarmament
The United Nations is seeking to take direct control of the disarmament of militias and the withdrawal of foreign forces away from the Libyan transitional government. Meanwhile the country's legislative and presidential elections scheduled for December 24 this year look more undermined than ever. [...]
Will Beijing boycott Macron's Africa Summit?
The French president has been trying to get China on board his summit of African economies for months but Beijing has yet to RSVP his invitation. US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken should represent Joe Biden at the 18 May event, to which several African heads of state have been hastily invited at the last minute. [...]
Putin leverages Covid-19 vaccine to pursue his African diplomatic agenda
Given the slow rollout of the WHO's COVAX programme, more and more African countries are looking to Moscow and its Sputnik V vaccine. Following Algeria, Egypt and Gabon's lead, Mozambique and Togo could be receiving several million doses by the spring. [...]
Damas gives ground on offshore gas to Russia's Capital group
The regime in Damascus does not look to be in a position of strength in its dealings with Russian company Capital LLC, which is keen to advance Moscow's energy interests in Syria. Damascus has had to agree to exempt the company from customs duties, accept limited access for Syrian officials to its operations and settle for a low rate of return from any future gas finds. [...]