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Minister of International Relations and Cooperation, Netumbo Nandi-Ndaitwah, has reiterated Namibia's position to continue participating in the activities of international and regional organizations to which the country is a member.

Nandi-Ndaitwa said this when she addressed members of the diplomatic corps in the capital.

Nandi-Ndaitwah informed the diplomats that Namibia is playing a leadership role in the Commonwealth as it chairs the Commonwealth Board of Governors.

The body is responsible for the approval of the Commonwealth Secretariat's strategic plans, programs, and budgets.

But Nandi-Ndaitwah has reminded foreign diplomats to be cognizant of the continued call by Africa to be represented on the UN Security Council.

"We believe that the UN Security Council must be reformed to conform to geographical reality and reflect equitable geographical representation in all categories of membership. Africa needs to be at the table when it comes to ensuring our own security. The legitimate call for the reform of the UN Security Council is more pertinent now than ever in order to redress the historical injustice done to the African continent."

The current global geopolitical situation, which is characterized by increased wars and conflicts around the world, is a cause for concern, Nandi-Ndaitwa says.

She labeled this as a contravention of the commitments in the UN charter, which requires that member states settle their disputes through peaceful means.

"Therefore, Namibia strongly believes in the principle of settling international or regional disputes by peaceful means, as enshrined in our constitution, and we will continue to advocate for that. It is my hope that solutions will soon be found for addressing worldwide conflicts and wars, including the conflict between Ukraine and Russia. We are convinced that solutions should be sought through dialogue, in conformity with international law and full respect for the Charter of the United Nations."

"Namibia believes in the freedom and independence of people to determine their own affairs. This is close to our hearts because we fought for our own freedom and independence and would like to see oppressed people around the world gain their freedom and independence. It is for this reason that Namibia will continue to stand with the peoples of Palestine and Western Sahara in their genuine quest to exercise their inalienable rights to self-determination."

Nandi-Ndaitwah also reiterated Namibia's support for the people of Palestine.

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