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South African government statement on the terrorist attack that killed the Egyptian General Prosecutor, Mr Hisham Barakat on Monday, 29 June 2015 in Cairo, Egypt. The South African Government joins the international community in condemning the killing of the Egyptian General Prosecutor Hisham Barakat in Cairo on Monday 29 June 2015. The South African government wishes to express its sincere condolences to the family and friends for the loss of their loved ones and speedy recovery to the injured.

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Deputy Minister Landers arrives in Haiti upon the conclusion of his visit to Suriname. Mr L Landers, Deputy Minister of International Relations and Cooperation, has today 06 July arrived in Haiti after concluding a successful visit to Suriname. While in Suriname, the Deputy Minister held bilateral discussion with the Minister of Foreign Affairs, H. E. Mr W Lackin. During the visit to Suriname, the two countries also signed a Memorandum of Understanding on Political Consultations. The MoU will serve as a framework for the two countries to manage their bilateral relations and will further help to strengthen diplomatic relations.
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Minister Maite Nkoana-Mashabane with the SADC Executive Secretary, Dr Stergomena Lawrence Tax, at the commencement of the Ministerial Double Troika Meeting, Pretoria, South Africa, 3 July 2015. Minister Maite Nkoana-Mashabane with the SADC Executive Secretary, Dr Stergomena Lawrence Tax, at the commencement of the Ministerial Double Troika Meeting, Pretoria, South Africa, 3 July 2015.

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Communiqué: Extraordinary Summit of the Double Troika, 3 July 2015, Pretoria, Republic of South Africa. The Extraordinary Summit of the Heads of State and Government of the Southern African Development Community (SADC) Double Troika was held in Pretoria, Republic of South Africa on 3rd July of 2015.

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South Africa to host an Extra-ordinary SADC Double Troika Summit. The President of the Republic of South Africa, His Excellency Mr Jacob Zuma, in his capacity as the Chairperson of the SADC Organ on Politics, Defence and Security Cooperation, will host the Heads of State of the SADC Double Troika for an Extra-ordinary Summit of the Double Troika on Friday, 03 July 2015, in Pretoria.

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South Africa to host an Extra-ordinary SADC Double Troika Summit

The President of the Republic of South Africa, His Excellency Mr Jacob Zuma, in his capacity as the Chairperson of the SADC Organ on Politics, Defence and Security Cooperation, will host the Heads of State of the SADC Double Troika for an Extra-ordinary Summit of the Double Troika on Friday, 03 July 2015, in Pretoria.

Date : Friday, 03 July 2015
Time :

14H00 – Opening remarks

17H30 – Closing remarks, reading of the communiqué

Venue :

DIRCO
O R Tambo Building
460 Soutpansberg Road
Pretoria

RSVP : Ms Tercia Malepane, malepanet@dirco.gov.za<mailto:malepanet@dirco.gov.za>
Enquiries : Mr Nelson Kgwete, 076 431 3078
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Minister Maite Nkoana-Mashabane briefs the media on the BRICS Summit and African Union (AU) Summit outcomes, Pretoria, South Africa, 3 July 2015. Minister Maite Nkoana-Mashabane briefs the media on the BRICS Summit and African Union (AU) Summit outcomes, Pretoria, South Africa, 3 July 2015.

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Remarks by the Minister of International Relations and Cooperation, Hon. Maite Nkoana-Mashabane, on the occasion of the media briefing on international developments, 03 July 2015, OR Tambo Building, Pretoria. We have invited you today to share information regarding some of the work we are doing to promote South Africa’s foreign policy priorities and advance our national interests. In all our work internationally, we seek to champion the unity, peace and prosperity of the African continent, of which South Africa is an integral part.

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Minister Nkoana-Mashabane to brief the media on BRICS Summit, AU Summit outcomes

International Relations and Cooperation Minister Maite Nkoana-Mashabane will brief the media on, amongst other things, the upcoming BRICS Summit to be hosted by the Russian Federation and the decisions taken by the recent African Union Summit hosted in South Africa.

Date : Friday, 03 July 2015
Time : 11H00
Venue :

Media Briefing Room
DIRCO
O R Tambo Building
460 Soutpansberg Road
Pretoria

RSVP : hlungwanir@dirco.gov.za
Enquiries : Mr Nelson Kgwete, 076 431 3078
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Deputy Minister Luwellyn Landers at the Press Briefing with the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mr W Lackin, Paramaribo, Suriname, 2 July 2015. Deputy Minister Luwellyn Landers at the Press Briefing with the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mr W Lackin, Paramaribo, Suriname, 2 July 2015.
Deputy Minister Luwellyn Landers with the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mr W Lackin, at the Signing of the Memorandum of Understanding on Political Consultation, Paramaribo, Suriname, 2 July 2015. Deputy Minister Luwellyn Landers with the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mr W Lackin, at the Signing of the Memorandum of Understanding on Political Consultation, Paramaribo, Suriname, 2 July 2015.
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Joint Communiqué issued upon the conclusion of the Working Visit to the Republic of Suriname by His Excellency Luwellyn Landers, Deputy-Minister of International Relations and Co-operation of the Republic of South Africa, July 1st, 2015. His Excellency Luwellyn Landers, Deputy-Minister of International Relations and Co-operation of the Republic of South Africa paid a Working Visit to Suriname on July 1st – 6th, 2015.

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Deputy Minister Landers arrives in Suriname upon conclusion of his visit to Trinidad and Tobago. The Deputy Minister of International Relations and Cooperation, Hon. Mr Luwellyn Landers, has today, 02 July 2015, arrived in Suriname after concluding a successful visit to Trinidad and Tobago.

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Deputy Minister Luwellyn Landers meets with the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mr Winston Dookeran, Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago, 1 July 2015. Deputy Minister Luwellyn Landers meets with the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mr Winston Dookeran, Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago, 1 July 2015.
Deputy Minister Luwellyn Landers addresses an open panel discussion at the Institute of International Relations of the University of the West Indies on the topic of "Emerging Africa in the 21st Century, Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago, 1 July 2015. Deputy Minister Luwellyn Landers addresses an open panel discussion at the Institute of International Relations of the University of the West Indies on the topic of "Emerging Africa in the 21st Century, Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago, 1 July 2015.

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Deputy Minister Landers arrives in Trinidad and Tobago upon conclusion of a successful visit to Guyana. International Relations and Cooperation Deputy Minister Luwellyn Landers has today, 01 July 2015, arrived in Trinidad and Tobago after he concluded his successful visit to Guyana. The two countries are amongst five in the Latin America region that Deputy Minister Landers is visiting with a view to strengthening relations for mutual benefit.

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Deputy President Ramaphosa visits Lesotho. South African Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa and SADC Facilitator on Lesotho will depart today, Tuesday 30 June 2015 for Maseru for urgent consultations with the Prime Minister of the Kingdom of Lesotho Phakalitha Mosisili on the recent developments in the country.

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SADC Statement on the latest political and security developments in the Kingdom of Lesotho by H E Jacob Zuma, President of the Republic of South Africa and the Chairperson of the SADC Organ on Politics, Defence and Security Cooperation. Concerned about the political and security developments in the Kingdom of Lesotho in particular the flight of the three Opposition leaders and the killing of Brigadier Maaparankoe Mahao, former Commander of the Lesotho Defence Force (LDF), the Chairperson of the Organ on Politics, Defence and Security Cooperation of SADC, H. E. President Jacob Zuma, dispatched a Ministerial Organ Fact Finding Mission to the Kingdom of Lesotho, from 26-29 June 2015 to assess the latest political and security developments in the country.

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South African Government condemns the suicide attack in the State of Kuwait.
The South African Government joins the international community in condemning in the strongest possible terms the inhumane and senseless suicide bomb attack that took place in the Al-Sadiq Mosque in Kuwait City, which resulted in the senseless killing of twenty-seven (27) people, and injuring many more of the worshippers attending the Friday Prayers.

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Deputy Minister Luwellyn Landers pays a Courtesy Call on the President of the Cooperative Republic of Guyana, His Excellency Brigadier David Granger, Georgetown, Guyana, 30 June 2015. Deputy Minister Luwellyn Landers pays a Courtesy Call on the President of the Cooperative Republic of Guyana, His Excellency Brigadier David Granger, Georgetown, Guyana, 30 June 2015.
Deputy Minister Luwellyn Landers and the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Hon. Carl B Greenidge, sign the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on Political Consultations, Georgetown, Guyana, 30 June 2015. Deputy Minister Luwellyn Landers and the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Hon. Carl B Greenidge, sign the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on Political Consultations, Georgetown, Guyana, 30 June 2015.


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Deputy Minister Landers begins visit to five Caribbean states. The Deputy Minister of International Relations and Cooperation, Mr Luwellyn Landers, is scheduled to begin his high level official visit to five Caribbean states today, 29 June 2015. The visit will underscore the cordial relations South Africa enjoys with the Governments and people of Guyana, Jamaica, Suriname, Trinidad and Tobago and Haiti.
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Group photograph of Deputy Minister Buti Manamela with the 41 students at the Graduation Ceremony for the Capacity Building and Training Programme in Mediation for South African Youth held at Department of International Relations and Cooperation Head Office, Pretoria, South Africa, 26 June 2015. Group photograph of Deputy Minister Buti Manamela with the 41 students at the Graduation Ceremony for the Capacity Building and Training Programme in Mediation for South African Youth held at Department of International Relations and Cooperation Head Office, Pretoria, South Africa, 26 June 2015.

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Deputy Minister Luwellyn Landers opens the GRULAC Discussions. On the panel (left to right): Ambassador Martha Cecilia Pinilla of Colombia, Deputy Director General Yolisa Maya, Deputy Minister Luwellyn Landers, and PRAU Chief Director Fadl Nacerodien, Pretoria, South Africa, 25 June 2015. Deputy Minister Luwellyn Landers opens the GRULAC Discussions. On the panel (left to right): Ambassador Martha Cecilia Pinilla of Colombia, Deputy Director General Yolisa Maya, Deputy Minister Luwellyn Landers, and PRAU Chief Director Fadl Nacerodien, Pretoria, South Africa, 25 June 2015.

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Opening Remarks by Deputy Minister Landers: Discussion Forum with GRULAC missions. It is an honour for me to address this important gathering on an initiative which is long outstanding.  As DIRCO, we have been looking at different mechanisms of engaging more closely with our Esteemed Colleagues of the GRULAC region, and I am delighted to see that this has come to fruition.

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Deputy Minister Landers to engage Heads of Mission of the Latin America and Caribbean Group

The Deputy Minister of International Relations and Cooperation, Mr Luwellyn Landers, is scheduled to engage the Heads of Mission (Ambassadors, High Commissioners and/or their representatives) of the Latin America and Caribbean Group (GRULAC) accredited to South Africa in a Discussion Forum. The discussions will focus on opportunities for South Africa in Latin America. It is expected that the discussions will explore ways to expand relations between South Africa and GRULAC.

Date : Thursday, 25 June 2015
Time : 09H00 - 12H30
Venue :

Multi Purpose Centre
DIRCO
O.R. Tambo Building
Soutpansberg Road
Pretoria

RSVP : Ms Rhandzu Hlungwani, hlungwanir@dirco.gov.za
Enquiries : Mr Nelson Kgwete, 076 431 3078
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Statement on the Cabinet Meeting of 24 June 2015. Implementation of Key Government Programmes - Cabinet welcomed the resolutions adopted at the 25th African Union (AU) Summit which places Africa on a new path of development and growth that will enable the continent to take its rightful place in global affairs.

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Address by the Deputy Minister of International Relations and Cooperation, Hon. Luwellyn Landers, on the occasion of welcoming the Cuban Five to Cape Town, South Africa, Gala Dinner, 22 June 2015. On behalf of the South African Government and people of South Africa we are both honoured and humbled to host the Cuban 5 and their families here today.  To us, you are heroes of international solidarity and the struggle against international oppression of the poor and downtrodden.

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The Cuban Five to undertake a visit to South Africa. South Africa welcomes to its shores the five Cuban National Heroes, namely, Gerardo Hernandez, Ramón Labañino, Fernando Gonzalez, Antonio Guerrero and René Gonzalez, who are visiting the country from 21 June to 03 July 2015.
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Deputy Minister Landers to host the Cuban Five in Cape Town

International Relations and Cooperation on 22-23 June 2015 under the theme: “Cuban Five Heroes: Tribute to International Solidarity.”

Deputy Minister Landers to deliver a speech on the Cuban Five and International Solidarity at the Cuban Five Symposium:

Date : Monday, 22 June 2015
Time : 17H00 - 19H00
Venue : Main Hall
University of the Western Cape (UWC)
Cape Town
RSVP : Laoura Lazouras, 083 564 2024 / lazourasl@dirco.gov.za
Enquiries : Nelson Kgwete, 076 431 3078

Meeting between the Cuban Five and the Parliamentary Portfolio Committee on International Relations and Cooperation:

Date : Tuesday, 23 June 2015
Time : 09H00 - 11H00
Venue : Old Assembly Chamber
Parliament Precinct
Cape Town
RSVP : Laoura Lazouras, 083 564 2024 / lazourasl@dirco.gov.za
Enquiries : Nelson Kgwete, 076 431 3078
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Deputy Minister Mfeketo to co-chair the 3rd meeting of the South Africa-Vietnam Partnership Forum. The Deputy Minister of International Relations and Cooperation, Ms Nomaindiya Mfeketo, will lead a South African Government delegation to the Socialist Republic of Vietnam, where she is expected to co-chair the 3rd meeting of the South Africa-Vietnam Partnership Forum in Hanoi on 18 and 19 June 2015 with her Vietnamese counterpart, Mr Vu Hong Nam.

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South African Government condemns the suicide attacks in the Republic of Chad. The South African Government joins the international community in condemning in the strongest possible terms the inhumane and senseless suicide bomb attacks in Ndjamena which reportedly, resulted in the killing of at least twenty-seven (27) people, including four (4) terrorists and the injury of more than one hundred (100) civilians.

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Final press release of the Assembly of the AU: 25th Assembly of the African Union commits to mainstreaming Women as the continent begins to implement Agenda 2063. Heads of State and Government of the 54 member states of the African Union (AU) met in Johannesburg, South Africa from the 14th to 15th June. The Assembly meeting was the last in the three meetings that form the summit of the AU, which started with a meeting of the Permanent Representatives Committee (PRC) from 7-8 June and moved on to the meeting of the Executive Council from 11-12 June.
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Programme of Events during the period of the June 2015 Assembly of the Union South Africa - AU Statutory Meetings and Parallel Events from 7 to 16 June 2015
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Programme of Events during the period of the June 2015 Assembly of the Union South Africa as of 3 June 2015
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Dr Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma flanked by the Leader of the House of Commons in the UK Parliament, William Hague, and UN Special Envoy for Refugees Issues, Actress Angelina Jolie Pitt, during the High Level Panel on Women, Peace and Security (WPS) held on the margins of the 25th African Union (AU) Summit, Sandton International Convention Centre, Johannesburg, South Africa, 12 June 2015. Dr Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma flanked by the Leader of the House of Commons in the UK Parliament, William Hague, and UN Special Envoy for Refugees Issues, Actress Angelina Jolie Pitt, during the High Level Panel on Women, Peace and Security (WPS) held on the margins of the 25th African Union (AU) Summit, Sandton International Convention Centre, Johannesburg, South Africa, 12 June 2015.






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Dr Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma flanked by the Leader of the House of Commons in the UK Parliament, William Hague, and UN Special Envoy for Refugees Issues, Actress Angelina Jolie Pitt, during the High Level Panel on Women, Peace and Security (WPS) held on the margins of the 25th African Union (AU) Summit, Sandton International Convention Centre, Johannesburg, South Africa, 12 June 2015.
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Group photograph of the African Union (AU) Executive Council, Sandton, Johannesburg, South Africa, 11 June 2015. Group photograph of the African Union (AU) Executive Council, Sandton, Johannesburg, South Africa, 11 June 2015.
Minister Maite Nkoana-Mashabane welcomes all the delegates at the Twenty Seventh (27th) Ordinary Session of the Executive Council, Sandton, Johannesburg, South Africa, 11 June 2015. Minister Maite Nkoana-Mashabane welcomes all the delegates at the Twenty Seventh (27th) Ordinary Session of the Executive Council, Sandton, Johannesburg, South Africa, 11 June 2015.



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Minister Maite Nkoana-Mashabane has a bilateral meeting with the Foreign Minister of Kenya, Dr Amina C Mohamed, Sandton, Johannesburg, South Africa, 11 June 2015. Minister Maite Nkoana-Mashabane has a bilateral meeting with the Foreign Minister of Kenya, Dr Amina C Mohamed, Sandton, Johannesburg, South Africa, 11 June 2015.
Minister Maite Nkoana-Mashabane signs an agreement with the Foreign Minister of Djibouti, Mr Mahmoud Ali Youssouf, Sandton, Johannesburg, South Africa, 11 June 2015. Minister Maite Nkoana-Mashabane signs an agreement with the Foreign Minister of Djibouti, Mr Mahmoud Ali Youssouf, Sandton, Johannesburg, South Africa, 11 June 2015.
Minister Maite Nkoana-Mashabane signs an agreement with the Foreign Minister of Cape Verde, Mr Jorge Homero Tolentino Araujo, Sandton, Johannesburg, South Africa, 11 June 2015.

Minister Maite Nkoana-Mashabane signs an agreement with the Foreign Minister of Cape Verde, Mr Jorge Homero Tolentino Araujo, Sandton, Johannesburg, South Africa, 11 June 2015.



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