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Africa Day is celebrated every year around the world on May 25th. On that day, 56 years ago, was signed African Union Unification Treaty, later transformed into an African Union.

Its aims are to ensure peace on the continent, to develop democracy and to respect human rights and freedoms.

Africa Day in Sofia was celebrated on June 29 with an open-air event in the City Garden, which continued throughout the day. A wonderful festival of African culture, organized by the missions and honorary consulates of the African countries in Bulgaria - Algiers, Egypt, Libya, Morocco, Seychelles, Uganda, South Africa. The State of Palestine, whose ambassador is a dean of the diplomatic corps in our country also took part.

The day of Africa was opened by H. E. Ms. Latifa Benazza, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Algeria to Bulgaria and the Dean of the Group of African Heads of Mission and Honorary Consuls resident in Bulgaria. The countries presented to the citizenns of Sofia and their guests traditional dishes and wines, stalls with souvenirs, clothing and jewelery. A rich cultural program of African songs and dances made the audience dream about distant and hot countries.

All proceeds from sales of souvenirs, products and dishes from the different countries were donated to elderly people care in Bulgaria.

Photo: „Diplomatic Spectrum“. On it the opening of Africa Day from H. E. Ms. Latifa Benazza, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the People's Democratic Republic of Algeria, and Dean of the Group of African Heads of Mission and Honorary Consuls resident in Bulgaria. Behind her from left to right are: Mrs. Albena Jones, President of the International Women's Club - Sofia, leading the event.; Mr. Mashudubele Mamabolo, Charge d’Affaires a.i. at the Embassy of the Republic of South Africa in the Republic of Bulgaria ; Mr. Maxim Behar, Honorary Consul General of the Republic of Seychelles; H. E. Mr. Ahmed Al Madbuh, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the State of Palestine in the Republic Bulgaria and a  doyen of the diplomatic corps in our country; H. E. Mr. Moayad Fathallah Eldalie, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Arab Republic of Egypt; H. E. Ms. Zakia El Midaoui, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Kingdom of Morocco; H. E. Mr. Seyf Allah Rejeb, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Tunisian Republic