31 August 2012
Minister Nkoana-Mashabane to visit Thailand and Myanmar
International Relations and Cooperation Minister Maite Nkoana-Mashabane is scheduled to visit the Kingdom of Thailand and the Republic of the Union of Myanmar for a Working Visit and to attend the UN Climate Change Conference respectively. The two-state visit is scheduled for 01-04 September 2012.
Minister Nkoana-Mashabane is the current President of the 17th Conference of Parties (COP17) to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). South Africa hosted the successful COP17 conference in Durban at the end of 2011 and will continue to serve as President until the next Conference, to be hosted in Qatar later this year.
Following Minister Nkoana-Mashabane’s attendance of the Climate Change Conference Bangkok, Thailand, it is expected that she will pay a courtesy call on the Prime Minister of Thailand, Her Excellency Ms Yingluck Shinawatra, and hold bilateral talks with her Thai counterpart, Dr Surapong Towichukchaikul.
During their bilateral meeting, the two Ministers will review the scope of relations between South Africa and Thailand and identify possible further areas of cooperation in order to deepen and strengthen bilateral relations. They will also use the opportunity to brief each other on regional developments and discuss international multilateral issues of mutual interest.
At the conclusion of her visit to Thailand, Minister Nkoana-Mashabane will travel to Nay Pyi Taw, the capital of the Republic of the Union of Myanmar, for a one-day visit. This will be the first visit by a South African Government Minister to Myanmar.
The objective of the visit is to join the international community in welcoming the democratisation process and political reform in Myanmar. Minister Nkona-Mashabane will use the occasion to express the South African Government’s support for a peaceful, prosperous and democratic Myanmar as that country continues to address its positive political transformation in an inclusive manner.
Enquiries: Mr Clayson Monyela, Spokesperson for the Department of International Relations and Cooperation, +27 82 884 5974
Issued by the Department of International Relations and Cooperation
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