DIRCO

DIRCO statement on the outcome of Iran nuclear talks

Pretoria:  South Africa has consistently emphasised the importance of a peaceful resolution to the outstanding questions regarding the nature of the Iranian nuclear programme. We therefore welcome the successful conclusion of the negotiations in Geneva between the P5+1 (China, France, Germany, the Russian Federation, the United Kingdom and the United States) and the Islamic Republic of Iran, which culminated in the adoption of the Joint Plan of Action on 24 November 2013. South Africa recognises this as a period of confidence-building that is a prelude to the ultimate goal of a mutually-agreed long-term comprehensive agreement on Iran’s nuclear programme that would enable Iran to fully enjoy its inalienable right to nuclear energy for peaceful purposes in line with the provisions of the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons (NPT).

Ebrahim Ebrahim: sectarianism among Muslims and SA's foreign policy

Cape Town:  Thank you for inviting me to present my thoughts at this symposium that deals with a crucial theme that has the potential to affect relations in our country and the Muslim world for a long time to come. Certainly, the theme is critical for understanding developments as they have been unfolding in the Middle East and North Africa region, and in the broader Muslim world – especially in the past few years. For the South African government, it is also a crucial subject to deal with as the issue of sectarianism among Muslims becomes a threat in this country too. If we are, as a South African society, to address the issue effectively, it will require efforts from the Muslim community and its representatives, as well as from our political leadership – sometimes each acting separately, and sometimes in partnership. I hope that this symposium will help to lay the basis for addressing this potential problem in this way.

Western Cape trade and investment seminar: Asia and Middle East

Cape Town:  The idea of this trade seminar emanated from recommendations made by the National Development Plan to our Department to improve on economic diplomacy. In order to comply with the NDP, since from 2012, DIRCO began a series of trade and investment seminars to expose the economic opportunities our country can offer to our trading partners. Up to this stage, the seminars that were already conducted took place in the Provinces of Kwazulu-Natal, Free State and North West. We aim to cover all the provinces in due course. It is important that we put this seminar in the larger global trade and investment context.

Ghana-South Africa: Permanent Joint Commission for Cooperation

Pretoria: At the invitation of the Minister of International Relations and Cooperation of the Republic of South Africa, Ms Maite Nkoana-Mashabane, the Honourable Ms Hanna Tetteh, Minister of Foreign Affairs, and Regional Integration, accompanied by a delegation of Senior Officials, paid a Working Visit to the Republic of South Africa on 5 November 2013. The main purpose of the visit was to Co-Chair with Minister Nkoana - Mashabane the third Session of the Permanent Joint Commission for Cooperation (PJCC) between South Africa and Ghana on 5 November 2013.

SADC - ICGLR Joint Summit: communique

Pretoria:  Joint Summit of the Southern African Development Community (SADC) and the International Conference on the Great Lakes Region (ICGLR) was held in Pretoria, South Africa on 04 November, 2013.  Joint Summit was co-chaired by Her Excellency Dr Joyce Banda, President of the Republic of Malawi and Chairperson of SADC and His Excellency Yoweri Museveni, President of the Republic of Uganda and Chairman of the ICGLR.

BRICS ministers of agriculture and agrarian development: communique

We, the Ministers of Agriculture and Agrarian Development of the Federative Republic of Brazil, the Russian Federation, the Republic of India, the People’s Republic of China and the Republic of South Africa met in Pretoria, South Africa for the 3rd Meeting of BRICS Ministers of Agriculture and Agrarian Development on October 29, 2013 under the theme: “The negative effect of climate change on world food security”. Our cooperation in the sector of agriculture and agrarian development was characterized by in-depth discussions on common interests and challenges with the view of finding lasting solutions. We therefore:  

Maite Nkoana-Mashabane: Opening remarks at the ministerial meeting of the Angola-DRC-South Africa Tripartite Mechanism on Dialogue and Cooperation

We meet here this afternoon on the occasion of the 1st Session of the Ministerial Meeting of the Tripartite Mechanism on Dialogue and Cooperation. You will recall that our three countries signed on 23 August 2013 the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on the establishment of the Tripartite Mechanism on Dialogue and Cooperation.

President Zuma returns from a State visit to the DRC

His Excellency President Jacob Zuma has today, 30 October 2013, returned from a successful two-day State Visit to the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).

The visit was of historical significance since it was the first State Visit by President Zuma to the DRC. The Visit also took place at a time when the DRC is experiencing relative stability as a result of the role of the Intervention Brigade which South Africa is part of. South Africa has played a crucial role in the realization of peace and stability in the DRC since 1997.

Minister Nkoana-Mashabane to host her Iranian counterpart, Dr Mohammad Javad Zarif

International Relations and Cooperation Minister Maite Nkoana-Mashabane will host her Iranian counterpart, Dr Mohammad Javad Zarif, for the eleventh session of the South Africa-Iran Joint Commission on 31 October 2013 in Pretoria.

SA-Niger Joint Commission of Cooperation

Pretoria:  At the invitation of the Minister of International Relations and Cooperation of the Republic of South Africa, Ms Maite Nkoana-Mashabane, the Honorable Mr Mohamed Bazoum, Minister of Foreign Affairs, International Cooperation, African Integration and Nigeriens Living Abroad of the Republic of Niger, accompanied by a delegation of Senior Officials, will pay a Working Visit to South Africa from 21 to 23 October 2013.

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