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  25 May: Working Visit by President Mahmoud Abbas of Palestine to Pretoria, South Africa
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  24 May: Deputy Minister Nomaindiya Mfeketo briefs the media on outcomes of her visit to Syria, Lebanon and Jordan, Cape Town, South Africa
  23-24 May: Thirteenth South Africa - Cuba Joint Consultative Mechanism (JCM), Pretoria, South Africa
  13-21 May: Official Visit by Deputy Minister Nomaindiya Mfeketo Syria, Lebanon and Jordan
  12-13 May: Visit by Deputy Minister Luwellyn Landers to Libreville, Gabon
  8-10 May: Working Visit by the Deputy President of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela, Mr Aristóbulo Istύriz, to Pretoria, South Africa
  5-6 May: Fourth Session of the Permanent Joint Commission for Cooperation (PJCC) between South Africa and Ghana, in Accra, Ghana
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High Commissioner Ndebele has not been recalled. The Department of International Relations and Cooperation has noted a report in the Sowetan newspaper of Wednesday, 25 May 2016, indicating that South Africa's High Commissioner to Australia, His Excellency Sibusiso Ndebele, has been recalled from his diplomatic posting.

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Leaders of African, Caribbean and Pacific Countries to meet in Papua New Guinea for Pivotal Summit. Leaders from the 79 countries of African, Caribbean and Pacific Group of States are expected in Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea on 30th May - 1st June for the 8th ACP Summit of Heads of State and Government. The Summit will discuss the future of the ACP Group as a revitalised cohesive force advocating the interests of its member states in the international arena.
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Statement on the terror blasts in Syria. Once again the Syrian people are under a dark cloud of mourning, following a series of Monday morning’s terrorist bombings that rocked the coastal cities of Tartous and Jableh. By Tuesday morning the death toll stood at 78 and most of the victims were women and children.

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President Zuma hosts Palestine President on a Working Visit. President Jacob Zuma will tomorrow, 25 May 2016, host President Mahmoud Abbas of Palestine on a Working Visit to South Africa. President Abbas will hold bilateral discussions with President Zuma where the two leaders are expected to discuss a broad range of issues including the current initiatives aimed at resolving the Israeli-Palestine stand-off.
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Minister Nkoana-Mashabane to participate in the Women 20 (W20) meeting. International Relations and Cooperation Minister Maite Nkoana-Mashabane is in Xi’an, the People’s Republic of China, where she will participate in the W20, an outreach engagement of the G20, taking place on 24-26 May 2016.

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Deputy Minister Mfeketo to host Public Participation Programme

The Deputy Minister of the Department of International Relations and Cooperation (DIRCO), Ms. Nomaindiya Mfeketo, will host a stakeholder relations event aimed at promoting awareness of DIRCO’s activities and programmes.

Date :

Tuesday, 24 May 2016

Time : 10H00
Venue :

Samaj Centre
Athlone
Cape Town

RSVP :  mtshalip@dirco.gov.za
Enquiries : Mr Nelson Kgwete, 076 2431 3078
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Deputy Minister Mfeketo to brief the media on outcomes of her visit to Syria, Lebanon and Jordan. Deputy Minister Mfeketo will brief the media on the outcomes of her visit to the Levant countries.

Date : Tuesday, 24 May 2016
Time : 09H00
Venue : Imbizo Media Briefing Room, 90 Plein Street, Cape Town
RSVP :

mtshalip@dirco.gov.za

Enquiries : Nelson Kgwete, 076 431 3078
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Deputy Minister Luwellyn Landers with First Deputy Minister of Cuba, Mr Medina Gonzàlez, co-chairing a public lecture under the theme: “SA-Cuba: 20-year celebration of formal bilateral cooperation", University of Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, South Africa, 24 May 2016. Deputy Minister Luwellyn Landers with First Deputy Minister of Cuba, Mr Medina Gonzàlez, co-chairing a public lecture under the theme: “SA-Cuba: 20-year celebration of formal bilateral cooperation", University of Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, South Africa, 24 May 2016.
Deputy Minister of Luwellyn Landers with the First Deputy Minister of Cuba, Mr Medina Gonzàlez, during a Wreath-Laying Ceremony, Freedom Park, Pretoria, South Africa, 23 May 2016. Deputy Minister of Luwellyn Landers with the First Deputy Minister of Cuba, Mr Medina Gonzàlez, during a Wreath-Laying Ceremony, Freedom Park, Pretoria, South Africa, 23 May 2016.
Deputy Minister Luwellyn Landers with the First Deputy Minister of Cuba, Mr Medina Gonzàlez, Pretoria, South Africa, 23 May 2016. Deputy Minister Luwellyn Landers with the First Deputy Minister of Cuba, Mr Medina Gonzàlez, Pretoria, South Africa, 23 May 2016.
Minister Maite Nkoana-Mashabane receives a courtesy call from the First Deputy Minister of Cuba, Mr Medina Gonzàle, during his visit to Pretoria, South Africa, 21 May 2016. Minister Maite Nkoana-Mashabane receives a courtesy call from the First Deputy Minister of Cuba, Mr Medina Gonzàle, during his visit to Pretoria, South Africa, 21 May 2016.



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Address by the Deputy Minister of International Relations and Cooperation, Hon. Luwellyn Landers MP, on the occasion of the 20th Anniversary of South Africa - Cuba Bilateral Relations: Wits University in Johannesburg; Tuesday, 24 May 2016. Thank you for being here. I am honoured to welcome you all to this Public Lecture. On this occasion we will focus specifically on the “20th Anniversary of South Africa- Cuba Bilateral Relations”. It is just one of various activities we have undertaken since the arrival of our Cuban friends earlier this week, to mark the 20th Anniversary of our cordial and friendly bilateral relations.

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Remarks by Deputy Minister Landers at the Wreath-Laying Ceremony on the occasion of the 20th Anniversary of Bilateral Cooperation between South Africa and Cuba, Freedom Park, Monday, 23 May 2016. It is a great pleasure for me to address you on this occasion to commemorate the 20th anniversary of Bilateral Relations between South Africa and Cuba. Please allow me to welcome my colleague, comrade and leader of the Cuban delegation to Freedom Park – a place known as Isivivane.

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Deputy Minister Landers to host Cuban First Deputy Minister Medina Gonzàlez

The Deputy Minister of International Relations and Cooperation, Mr Luwellyn Landers, will host the First Deputy Minister of Cuba, Mr Medina Gonzàlez, in Pretoria and Johannesburg from 23 to 24 May 2016. The visit takes place at the time when the two countries celebrate 20 years of formal bilateral cooperation.

Date :

Monday, 23 May 2016

Time : 13H00 - 17H00
Venue : Freedom Park
Koch Street
Pretoria
RSVP : Tercia Malepane, 071 422 5227 / malepanet@dirco.gov.za
Enquiries : Nelson Kgwete, 076 431 3078


Date :

Tuesday, 24 May 2016

Time : 15H30 - 18H00
Venue : Wits Theatre
University of Witwatersrand
Braamfontein
Johannesburg
RSVP : Tercia Malepane, 071 422 5227 / malepanet@dirco.gov.za
Enquiries : Nelson Kgwete, 076 431 3078
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Deputy Minister Landers to co-chair the 13th South Africa - Cuba Joint Consultative Mechanism. The Deputy Minister of International Relations and Cooperation, HE Mr Luwellyn Landers, will co-chair the 13th Joint Consultative Mechanism (JCM) with his Cuban counterpart, H. E. MR Marcelino Medina Gonzàlez on Monday, 23 May 2016 in Pretoria. The JCM convenes annually and is co-chaired by the Deputy Minister of International Relations and Cooperation of South Africa and the 1st Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of Cuba.

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Third Round of South African students receive scholarships from Sweden. The Department of International Relations and Cooperation hosted South African students today, who were selected for the third round of the Swedish post-graduate scholarship programme. The students will be travelling to Sweden to commence their studies in August 2016.

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Minister Maite Nkoana-Mashabane meets with the Foreign Minister of Qatar, Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdul Rahman Al-Thani, before the commencement of the State Visit of President Jacob Zuma to Doha, State of Qatar, 19 May 2016. Minister Maite Nkoana-Mashabane meets with the Foreign Minister of Qatar, Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdul Rahman Al-Thani, before the commencement of the State Visit of President Jacob Zuma to Doha, State of Qatar, 19 May 2016.
Minister Maite Nkoana-Mashabane at the Arabic Al Jazeera newsroom being interviewed by Abd al-Samad Nasir, Doha, State of Qatar, 18 May 2016. Minister Maite Nkoana-Mashabane at the Arabic Al Jazeera newsroom being interviewed by Abd al-Samad Nasir, Doha, State of Qatar, 18 May 2016.
Minister Maite Nkoana-Mashabane at the Al Jazeera newsroom being interviewed by Jane Dutton, Doha, State of Qatar, 18 May 2016. Minister Maite Nkoana-Mashabane at the Al Jazeera newsroom being interviewed by Jane Dutton, Doha, State of Qatar, 18 May 2016.


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President Zuma congratulates Mr Azali Assoumani as President-elect of the Union of Comoros. H. E. President Jacob Zuma, on behalf of the Government and people of the Republic of South Africa, congratulates President-elect Azali Assoumani on his election as President of the Union of the Comoros.

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Deputy Minister Mfeketo is in Syria on an official visit. International Relations and Cooperation Deputy Minister Nomaindiya Mfeketo arrived in Damascus the capital city of Syria on an official visit. The visit to Syrian Arab Republic comes within the context of strengthening bilateral and economic relations between South Africa and the countries in the Levant region.

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Deputy Minister Mfeketo concludes visit to Jordan. International Relations and Cooperation Deputy Minister Ms Nomaindiya Mfeketo has concluded a successful visit to Jordan. The Deputy Minister held bilateral talks with her counterpart, Mr Mohammad BANI-TAISEER, Secretary-General of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Expatriates.

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Pretoria News Diplomatic Scene, Pretoria News, 17 May 2016.
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Deputy Minister Mfeketo in Jordan on an official visit. International Relations and Cooperation Deputy Minister Nomaindiya Mfeketo has arrived in Jordan on an official visit. The visit to Jordan is part of the Deputy Minister's mission to strengthen bilateral and economic relations with three Levant countries, including Syria and Lebanon.

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Deputy Minister Nomaindiya Mfeketo to visit Syria, Lebanon and Jordan.International Relations and Cooperation Deputy Minister Nomaindiya Mfeketo will lead a South African delegation on an Official Visit to three Levant countries. The visit is scheduled for 13-21 May 2016. The visit is aimed at strengthening political and economic relations between the Republic of South Africa and Syria, Lebanon and Jordan.

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South Africa condemns the killing of 8 policemen in Egypt. The Government of the Republic of South Africa joins the international community in condemning the attack against a government minivan in the Helwan district of Cairo, on Sunday 8 May 2016, in which eight Egyptian policemen were killed. The Islamic State (IS) terrorist group claimed responsibility for the attack.
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Meeting between Deputy Minister Luwellyn Landers and the Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Gabon, Mr Calixte Isidore Nsie Edang, Libreville, Gabon, 12 May 2016. Meeting between Deputy Minister Luwellyn Landers and the Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Gabon, Mr Calixte Isidore Nsie Edang, Libreville, Gabon, 12 May 2016.
Deputy Minister Luwellyn Landers addresses the media during his official visit, Libreville, Gabon, 12 May 2016. Deputy Minister Luwellyn Landers addresses the media during his official visit, Libreville, Gabon, 12 May 2016.



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Deputy Minister Landers on a visit to Gabon to strengthen relations.The Deputy Minister of International Relations and Cooperation, Mr Luwellyn Landers, is scheduled to undertake a visit to the Republic of Gabon from 12 to 13 May 2016. The visit is aimed at strengthening bilateral political and economic relations.
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Minister Maite Nkoana-Mashabane meets with the Director General (DG) of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), Mr Yukiya Amano, Pretoria, South Africa, 10 May 2016. Minister Maite Nkoana-Mashabane meets with the Director General (DG) of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), Mr Yukiya Amano, Pretoria, South Africa, 10 May 2016.


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Minister Maite Nkoana-Mashabane meets with her Burundian counterpart, Mr Alain Aime Nyamitwe, Pretoria, South Africa, 10 May 2016.

Minister Maite Nkoana-Mashabane meets with her Burundian counterpart, Mr Alain Aime Nyamitwe, Pretoria, South Africa, 10 May 2016.



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Statement on the Cabinet Meeting of 11 May 2016. Implementation of Key Government Programmes - Cabinet took note of the report-back by the Minister of Finance to the President, on the progress of Government’s consultations with the private sector and labour on the economy. The President mandated the Minister to lead engagements with these social partners to map out a strategy and come up with measures for growing the economy and preserving the country’s credit rating.

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Pretoria News Diplomatic Scene, Pretoria, News, 10 May 2016.
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Deputy Minister Landers concludes visit to Dakar. International Relations and Cooperation Deputy Minister Luwellyn Landers has concluded a successful visit to Dakar, Senegal, where he represented the South African government at the 103rd Session of the African, Caribbean and Pacific Group of States (ACP) Council of Ministers and the 41st Session of the ACP-EU Council of Ministers held from 25-29 April 2016.
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President Zuma congratulates President Teodoro Obiang Nguema Mbasogo on his re-election. President Jacob Zuma has today, on behalf of the Government and the people of South Africa, congratulated President Obiang Nguema Mbasogo for winning the presidential election that was held on the 24th of April 2016.

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President Zuma extends a message of condolences following a building collapse in Nairobi, Kenya. President Jacob Zuma, on behalf of the Government and the peoples of South Africa, extend the country’s deepest condolence to President Uhuru Kenyatta and the people of Kenya for the loss of lives following the building collapse in Nairobi.

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President Zuma congratulates President Idriss Deby Itno on his re-election as the President of the Republic of Chad. President Jacob Zuma, on behalf of the Government and people of the Republic of South Africa, has conveyed his congratulations to President Idriss Deby Itno on his re-election as President of the Republic of Chad, following the presidential election held on 20 April 2016 and the subsequent confirmation of the election results by the Constitutional Council on 3 May 2016.
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Deputy President of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela, Mr Aristóbulo Istύriz, arrives at OR Tambo Airport. Walking next to Deputy President Istύriz is Venezuela's Ambassador to South Africa, Ms Mairin Moreno, Johannesburg, South Africa, 8 May 2016. Deputy President of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela, Mr Aristóbulo Istύriz, arrives at OR Tambo Airport.  Walking next to Deputy President Istύriz is Venezuela's Ambassador to South Africa, Ms Mairin Moreno, Johannesburg, South Africa, 8 May 2016.

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Visit to South Africa by the Deputy President of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela, Mr Aristóbulo Istύriz. The Deputy President of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela, Mr Aristóbulo Istύriz will visit South Africa on from 8 to 10 May 2016 on a working visit. South Africa will be the start of Deputy President Istύriz’ agenda of working visits to the BRICS countries.  During his visit he will meet with his counterpart, Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa and also pay a courtesy call on President Jacob Zuma.

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Opening Remarks by H. E. Ms Maite Nkoana-Mashabane, Minister of International Relations and Cooperation of South Africa, on the occasion of the 4th Session of the SA-Ghana Permanent Joint Commission for Cooperation (PJCC) in Accra, Ghana, 6 May 2016. On behalf of the South African delegation and on my own behalf, I wish to thank you Honourable Minister for your kind words of welcome.  Your warm words of welcome have made us to feel at home to this great country, the country of one of the pioneers of the African unity – Kwame Nkrumah.

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Minister Maite Nkoana-Mashabane meets with the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Ghana, Ms Hanna Tetteh, Accra, Ghana, 6 May 2016. Minister Maite Nkoana-Mashabane meets with the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Ghana, Ms Hanna Tetteh, Accra, Ghana, 6 May 2016.



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Minister Nkoana-Mashabane arrives in Accra for the 4th Session of the South Africa-Ghana Permanent Joint Commission for Cooperation. International Relations and Cooperation Minister Maite Nkoana-Mashabane is in Accra today where she will co-chair the 4th Session of the South Africa-Ghana Permanent Joint Commission for Cooperation (PJCC) together with her counterpart, H. E. Ms Hanna Serwaah Tetteh, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Regional Integration of the Republic of Ghana.

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Minister Nkoana-Mashabane to co-chair the 4th Session of the South Africa-Ghana Permanent Joint Commission for Cooperation. International Relations and Cooperation Minister Maite Nkoana-Mashabane will lead a South African delegation of senior officials on a Working Visit to attend and co-chair the 4th Session of the Permanent Joint Commission for Cooperation (PJCC) between South Africa and Ghana on 5-6 May 2016 in Accra, Ghana.

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Minister Maite Nkoana-Mashabane delivers her Budget Vote speech, Old Assembly Hall, Parliament, Cape Town, South Africa, 3 May 2016. Minister Maite Nkoana-Mashabane delivers her Budget Vote speech, Old Assembly Hall, Parliament, Cape Town, South Africa, 3 May 2016.
Minister Maite Nkoana-Mashabane addresses the media ahead of her Budget Vote. Seated next to her is Deputy Minister Nomaindiya Mfeketo and Director-General, Ambassador Jerry Matjila, Parliament, Cape Town, South Africa, 3 May 2016. Minister Maite Nkoana-Mashabane addresses the media ahead of her Budget Vote. Seated next to her is Deputy Minister Nomaindiya Mfeketo and Director-General, Ambassador Jerry Matjila, Parliament, Cape Town, South Africa, 3 May 2016.

Minister Maite Nkoana-Mashabane interacts with university students after delivering her Department's Budget Vote speech in Parliament. Seated next to her is Director General, Ambassador Jerry Matjila, and on the far left is Deputy Director General, Clayson Monyela, Cape Town, South Africa, 3 May 2016. Minister Maite Nkoana-Mashabane interacts with university students after delivering her Department's Budget Vote speech in Parliament. Seated next to her is Director General, Ambassador Jerry Matjila, and on the far left is Deputy Director General, Clayson Monyela, Cape Town, South Africa, 3 May 2016.

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Remarks by the Minister of International Relations and Cooperation, H. E. Ms. Maite Nkoana-Mashabane, on the occasion of the post-Budget Vote Speech Public Participation Programme, Imbizo Media Centre, Parliament, Cape Town, 03 May 2016. Today we presented the Budget Vote Speech of the Department of International Relations and Cooperation to Parliament. The speech outlined a number of programmes and activities that the Department will embark on in this financial year, 2016/2017, in order to build on the solid foundation that our forbearers had laid through blood and sweat.

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Budget Vote Speech by the Minister of International Relations and Cooperation, H. E. Ms. Maite Nkoana-Mashabane, Cape Town, 3 May 2016. We are honoured to present this Budget Vote Speech in this year of the 40th Anniversary of the Soweto Uprising. We pay tribute to the 16 June 76 generation whose brave actions led to the declaration of apartheid as a crime against humanity by the United Nations (UN), and triggered a ground swell of international solidarity against the apartheid regime. For this, we shall remain eternally grateful to the international community for their role in the struggle against apartheid, and the birth of a new democratic South Africa.

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South Africa strengthens bilateral trade relations with Iran, by Minister Nkoana-Mashabane, Sunday Independent, 1 May 2016. The recent state visit by President Jacob Zuma to the Islamic Republic of Iran took place at an opportune time following the lifting of sanction s against Iran.
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Minister Nkoana-Mashabane to deliver the DIRCO Budget Vote Speech. International Relations and Cooperation Minister Maite Nkoana-Mashabane will present the Budget Vote Speech of the Department of International Relations and Cooperation on 03 May 2016 in Parliament, Cape Town.
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South Africa and Iran sign landmark agreements to boost economic and trade relations. The State Visit of President Jacob Zuma to the Islamic Republic of Iran has ended on a high note with the signing of several agreements and commitments being made by both sides to take economic and trade relations to greater heights following the lifting of sanctions in Iran.

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President Zuma congratulates President Ismaïl Omar Guelleh on his re-election as the President of the Republic of Djibouti. On behalf of the Government and people of the Republic of South Africa, H.E. President Jacob Zuma has congratulated President Ismaïl Omar Guelleh on his re-election as President of the Republic of Djibouti, following the Presidential Election held on 08 April 2016.

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Deputy Minister Landers to visit Senegal for the meeting of the African, Caribbean and Pacific Group of States (ACP) Council of Ministers. International Relations and Cooperation Deputy Minister Luwellyn Landers will represent South Africa in the forthcoming 103rd Session of the African, Caribbean and Pacific Group of States (ACP) Council of Ministers scheduled to take place from 25 to 27 April 2016 in Dakar, Senegal.
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Statement on the Cabinet Meeting of 26 April 2016. Implementation of Key Government Programmes - Cabinet welcomes President Jacob Zuma’s State Visit of to the Islamic Republic of Iran, which escalates economic and trade relations between both countries, through the signing of several agreements and commitments.

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President Zuma sends condolences on the passing of former Chilean President. President Jacob Zuma has today, Thursday, 21 April 2016, on behalf of the Government and the people of South Africa, extended the country’s deepest condolences to Chile on the death on 19 April 2016 of the former President of Chile, His Excellency Patricio Aylwin Azócar.

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First Set of Loans Approved by the Board of Directors of the New Development Bank, Washington D.C., 15 April 2016. The New Development Bank (NDB) announced today that its Board of Directors has approved its first set of loans involving financial assistance of USD 811 million, to be disbursed in tranches, supporting 2,370 MW of renewable energy capacity. The appraised projects were presented at the fifth Board of Directors meeting held in Washington D.C. on the sidelines of the IMF and the World Bank Group Spring Meetings.

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(Left to right): Mr Albert Geldenhuys (DIRCO), Ms Mmathari Mashao (DIRCO), Mr Luyuyo Magopeni (UNIVERSUM), Ms Laurette Mostert (DIRCO) and Mr Mandla Masilela (DIRCO), Pretoria, South Africa, 14 April 2016. (Left to right): Mr Albert Geldenhuys (DIRCO), Ms Mmathari Mashao (DIRCO), Mr Luyuyo Magopeni (UNIVERSUM), Ms Laurette Mostert (DIRCO) and Mr Mandla Masilela (DIRCO), Pretoria, South Africa, 14 April 2016.

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DIRCO wins UNIVERSUM Most Attractive Employers Award. The Department of International Relations and Cooperation (DIRCO) has received the Third Place, according to 23 000 professionals, in the recent UNIVERSUM-Most Attractive Employers Awards for the category: Humanities/Liberal Arts/Education.

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The launch of the South Africa - China Structured Bilateral Dialogue on Human Rights, co-chaired by Madame Liu Hua (Special Representative on Human Rights: China) and Ambassador Nozipho Mxakato-Diseko from the Department of International Relations and Cooperation, Pretoria, South Africa, 14 April 2016. The launch of the South Africa - China Structured Bilateral Dialogue on Human Rights, co-chaired by Madame Liu Hua (Special Representative on Human Rights: China) and Ambassador Nozipho Mxakato-Diseko from the Department of International Relations and Cooperation, Pretoria, South Africa, 14 April 2016.

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SA-China launch the Structured Bilateral Dialogue on Human Rights. South Africa and the People’s Republic of China met on 14 April 2016 in Pretoria to launch the Structured Dialogue on Human Rights, to reaffirm their commitment to human rights and fundamental freedoms, and to look at ways to enhance cooperation and solidarity.

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President Zuma sends condolences to Ecuador and Japan following deadly earthquakes. President Jacob Zuma, has today, Sunday, 17 April 2016, on behalf of the Government and the people of South Africa, extended the country’s deepest condolences to Japan and Ecuador, following the deadly natural disasters that struck both countries this week.

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