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The Ministry of International Relations and Cooperation (MIRCO) has maintained that the government has no objection as to who diplomatic missions accredited to Namibia engage. 

It says, however, that discussions on issues that are the sole preserve and prerogative of the sending and host governments, with a conversant not representing the government, are inconsistent with diplomatic practices and akin to interference in the domestic affairs of the country.

Minister Peya Mushelenga summoned envoys from the EU delegation to Namibia and the German Embassy on Wednesday, following their recent engagement with IPC leader Dr. Panduleni Itula.

During the meeting, Dr. Mushelenga reminded the diplomats of the Namibian government's expectation of accredited diplomatic missions and to respect the established and universal principles enshrined in the Vienna Convention on Diplomatic Relations.

The Vienna Convention on Diplomatic Relations of 1961 is an international treaty that defines a framework for diplomatic relations between independent countries.

Dr. Mushelenga says Namibia equally enjoys sovereignty as other countries and expressed readiness to continue the existing warm and longstanding relations and cooperation.

This ought to be conducted within the spirit of mutual respect and equality among sovereign states and organisations, the minister said.

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