After a pause necessitated by the pandemic, Ambassador of France to Namibia, Sébastien Minot welcomed invited company to the Residence of France to have fun the French Nationwide Day in Windhoek final Thursday.

The occasion opened with a efficiency by Voices of Windhoek who sang the French and Namibian nationwide anthems forward of a brief speech by Minot.

The French ambassador welcomed deputy minister of worldwide relations and cooperation Jenelly Matundu as an honoured visitor among the many gathering of members of parliament, varied ministers and ambassadors, the native French neighborhood in addition to representatives from civil society, the enterprise neighborhood and the cultural sector.

“At present has been three years since our nationwide day was celebrated right here. Everybody is aware of the explanations for this, while not having to elaborate. It’s a nice pleasure for me and the entire Group France to see us all collectively right this moment,” mentioned Minot.

“The 14th of July is usually identified in English as Bastille Day in reference to the storming of the Bastille, the grim jail in Paris.”

The storming of the Bastille was a key occasion within the French Revolution. The Fête de la Fédération can also be noticed on the 14th of July and honours the unity of the French folks.

The theme of unity was highlighted by Minot who drew consideration to the similarities between the Namibian and French mottos which each enshrine the perfect. The French ambassador additionally remarked on the obligations each nations share within the service of worldwide peace and safety and regional and nationwide cooperation.

“France has simply accomplished its six-month presidency of the Council of the European Union,” mentioned Minot.

“Namibia will quickly take over the chairmanship of the SADC organ for political, safety and protection cooperation. We want Namibia properly in addressing regional challenges with SADC companions and serving to to mitigate or resolve them,” Minot mentioned.

“On a broader scale, we have to work collectively throughout the United Nations and along with UN establishments and businesses for the sake of a simpler multilateralism in all elements; be it peace and safety, human rights, tradition and training on the broader spectrum of the 17 SDGs, Sustainable Improvement Objectives, together with gender, equality, clear water and local weather motion.”

France and Namibia have lengthy standing ties courting again to the Catholic missionary leagues of the nineteenth Century in addition to political hyperlinks established ten years earlier than Independence. At present developmental and cultural hyperlinks are notably nurtured by way of the work of the French Improvement Company and the Franco-Namibian Cultural Centre which was based shortly after Independence.

“Financial hyperlinks take very various types. Within the power sector, Innosun, has been investing in renewable power for years and TotalEnergies made some very promising bulletins earlier this 12 months about deep offshore of Lüderitz and Oranjemund.”

Minot additionally remarked on a current weekend of French and Namibian sporting success as The Welwitschias, Namibia’s nationwide rugby staff, certified for subsequent 12 months’s Rugby World Cup and France reached primary in World Rugby Rankings for the primary time.

The French ambassador alongside Matundu toasted to Presidents Emmanuel Macron and Hage Geingob and to the continued friendship, cooperation and prosperity of each nations and their folks.

“I’m assured that the wonderful relations, the bonds of friendship and cooperation between our two nations and other people shall be additional strengthened to the mutual advantage of our folks,” mentioned Matundu.

“Might Bastille Day at all times be a day of unity and celebration for the French nation and a logo of what will be achieved by way of perseverance and power.”

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