Kings Visit to Madagascar Has Strong Symbolic Meaning Malagasy President

Antananarivo – Malagasy President Hery Rajaonarimampianina stressed, here Monday, that the visit of King Mohammed VI to Madagascar has “a strong symbolic meaning.”“This is the first visit of HM the King to Madagascar and has a strong symbolic meaning,” the head of the Malagasy State told the press following the signing ceremony of several cooperation agreements of bilateral cooperation.This visit will reinforce the friendship relations between the two countries and the two peoples, he said, expressing his thanks to the Sovereign. “It is with great pleasure and honor, of course, that the entire Malagasy people and I have received King Mohammed VI,” he pointed out.The Malagasy president highlighted Morocco’s special ties with Madagascar, notably the city of Antsirabe, which had welcomed late King Mohammed V and the royal family during their forced exile in 1954.In this regard, he underlined that the discussions he had with the King and the agreements signed under the presidency of the two heads of State “herald a fruitful future” of bilateral cooperation and between the operators of the two countries read more

Annan deploring fighting appeals for calm along IsraelLebanon Blue Line

The hostilities, which resulted in the reported deaths of several Hizbollah fighters and an unconfirmed number of wounded on both sides, were initiated from the Lebanese side and quickly spread along the entire Blue Line with Israeli civilian areas reportedly being targeted, according to a UN spokesman.The UN Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL) has brokered a ceasefire to prevent further escalation, he added.”The Secretary-General appeals to all parties to respect the Blue Line in its entirety,” the spokesman said. “He also calls on the Government of Lebanon to extend its authority over all of its territory in accordance with Security Council resolutions.”In his latest report to the Security Council on the activities of UNIFIL, Mr. Annan recommended continuing the mission’s mandate because the occasional exchange of fire between the Hizbollah militia and Israel in the Shab’a farms area demonstrates that the situation remains volatile and fragile with a potential for deteriorating at any time. read more