Tuesday 28 May 2024 - 01:10

Tanzania FM: Western States Trying to Make Another Dash into Africa

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Tanzania FM: Western States Trying to Make Another Dash into Africa
Cooperation with Africa should be built on mutuality of respect and benefits, Tanzanian Foreign Minister January Makamba has insisted in an exclusive interview with RT.

The top diplomat criticized the former colonial powers and Western nations and blamed them for attempting to reassert influence over Africa. The result of this push is that former colonialist states, such as France, are now “being kicked out” of places like Niger, Mali, and Burkina Faso, Makamba noted.

“European countries, and particularly America, right now, are trying to make a last second dash into Africa,” the foreign minister warned. 

There is, however, a determination among African leaders and nations to assert their independence and sovereignty, he said. To that end Makamba highlighted the importance of countries being able to freely select partners for development projects, free from external pressure. 

“We [Africans] find it offensive to be asked to choose this one particular partner or another,” he said, adding that every nation and the continent as a whole must be able to independently pursue its interests.

Referring to political empowerment in Africa, Makamba said true progress would come through self-reliance and unity among the countries of the continent. 

“It’s not just about projects, development, mining. It’s also about political empowerment, and this we can only do ourselves, and we can only do it with unity,” he said.