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African Diplomats hold joint celebration to mark ‘Africa Day’
May 20, 2015, 3:32 pm

Various African embassies in Kuwait organized a joint celebration in honour of Africa Day, on Monday evening at the Regency Hotel, Kuwait. Director of African Desk at Ministry of Foreign Affairs Hamad AI-Meshan emphasized Kuwait's interest in the African continent due to its vast natural resources  and geographically strategic location. He said, "Due to its strategic location, Africa can be considered as a bridge between the East and West. Therefore, Kuwait recently opened an embassy in Republic of Tanzania and Ghana and is exerting great efforts to strengthen its relations with the African various commercial and investment aspects".

Several African ambassadors to Kuwait attended the celebration, noticeably the Acting Dean of Diplomatic Corp and Ambassador of the Republic of Somalia Abdulqadir Amin Sheikh Abubakar. Many official guests and African residents in Kuwait participated in the celebrations. To showcase Africa’s culture and heritage, many small displays took place; there was a bazaar of African cultural objects, free gifts, traditional dance shows and a sampling of African meals.

Africa Day is observed annually on May 25 as a celebration of African unity and is also known as African Freedom or Liberation Day. On May 25, 1963, African leaders decided to come together to form a union called Organization of African Unity (OAU). The 53 member strong African Union, since its creation has encouraged the collective pursuit towards favourable answers for many challenges the continent has faced, such as armed conflicts, climate and poverty to help the progress of the African continent.

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