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10 Oct: Department of International Relations and Cooperation (DIRCO) presents its Annual Report to Parliament’s Portfolio Committee on International Relations and Cooperation, Cape Town, South Africa

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Indian Ocean Rim Association (IORA) 17th Meeting of the Council of Ministers – Concluding Press Statement by Minister Nkoana-Mashabane, Durban, 18 October 2017. It is my pleasure to declare the 17th Meeting of the Council of Ministers and related meetings a success. We gathered here in the beautiful Indian Ocean port city of Durban, where the local authorities have availed the city’s facilities and resources for our meetings.
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President Zuma sends condolences to Portugal following tragic fires. On behalf of the Government and the people of South Africa, President Jacob Zuma has extended the country’s condolences to the Republic of Portugal following tragic fires ravaging parts of the country that have claimed the lives of many and destroyed property and land.
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Indian Ocean Rim Association (IORA) 17th Meeting of the Council of Ministers, 18 October 2017, Durban, South Africa – Country Statement and Opening Remarks by Minister Nkoana-Mashabane. I would like to welcome you all to the beautiful port city of Durban in the majestic Zulu Kingdom of Kwazulu Natal for the 17th Meeting of the Council of Ministers and related meetings.
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IBSA 8th Trilateral Ministerial Commission Joint Communiqué, 17 October 2017. The Minister of International Relations and Cooperation of the Republic of South Africa H.E Ms Maite Nkoana-Mashabane, the Minister of State, Ministry of External Affairs of the Republic of India, H.E General (Dr.) V.K. Singh (Retd.) and the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Federative Republic of Brazil, H.E Mr Aloysio Nunes Ferreira (hereinafter referred to as "the Ministers") met in Durban, South Africa on 17 October 2017 for the 8th IBSA Trilateral Ministerial Commission meeting.
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Country Statement by Minister Nkoana-Mashabane at the meeting of the 8th India, Brazil, South Africa (IBSA) Trilateral Ministerial Commission (ITMC), Southern Sun Elangeni, Durban, 17 October 2017. Esteemed Colleagues, we all agree that it is an opportune time to meet and reflect on the future of IBSA on the eve of the 15th Anniversary of IBSA.
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South Africa condemns deadly Mogadishu attack. The South African government condemns in the strongest possible terms the attack that took place in Mogadishu, Somalia, on Saturday, 14 October 2017, which has resulted in the killing of many people and left others injured.

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President Zuma arrives in Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of Congo for his Working Visit. President Jacob Zuma has today, 14 October 2017, arrived in Kinshasa in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) ahead of his working visit scheduled for the 15 October 2017.

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Deputy Minister Landers to travel to Cuba for the SA-Cuba Joint Consultative Mechanism. The Deputy Minister of International Relations and Cooperation, Mr Llewellyn Landers, will travel to Cuba to co-chair the 14th South Africa-Cuba Joint Consultative Mechanism on 17 and 18 October 2017. Deputy Minister Landers will also meet the Cuban Deputy Minister of Foreign Trade and Cooperation.

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President Zuma concludes his State Visit to the Republic of Zambia. President Jacob Zuma has characterised the State Visit to the Republic of Zambia as a remarkable success as he had positive and fruitful official talks with his Zambian counterpart, His Excellency President Edgar Lungu in Lusaka.

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Joint Communiqué on the occasion of the State Visit by His Excellency, Mr. Jacob G. Zuma, President of the Republic of South Africa, to the Republic of Zambia on 12th and 13th October 2017. At the invitation of His Excellency, Mr. Edgar Chagwa Lungu, President of the Republic of Zambia, His Excellency, Mr. Jacob G. Zuma, President of the Republic of South Africa, undertook a State Visit to the Republic of Zambia on 12th and 13th October, 2017.

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Remarks by President Jacob Zuma on the occasion of the Zambia-South Africa Business Forum, Lusaka, Zambia, 12 October 2017. I greet you all this afternoon. It is my great pleasure to address the Zambia - South Africa Business Forum. You have come together as leaders from the private sector, the development finance institutions as well as key public enterprises.

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Update on media arrangements for the IORA Council of Ministers. South Africa is scheduled to the 17th Indian Ocean Rim Association (IORA) Council of Ministers’ Meetings from 14th-18 October 2017 in Durban, KwaZulu-Natal Province. The Council of Ministers will take place under the theme: “IORA – Uniting the Peoples of Africa, Asia, Australasia and the Middle East Through Enhanced Co-operation for Peace, Stability and Sustainable Development”.

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President Zuma to undertake Working Visit to the Democratic Republic of Congo. President Jacob Zuma will visit Kinshasa in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) on 15 October 2017, in his capacity as chairperson of the Southern African Development Community (SADC).

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Minister Maite Nkoana-Mashabane with Minister Harry Kalaba of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Zambia during a Media Briefing of the Second Session of the South Africa - Zambia Joint Commission for Cooperation (JCC). Taj-Pamodzi Hotel, Lusaka, Zambia, 11 October 2017. Minister Maite Nkoana-Mashabane with Minister Harry Kalaba of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Zambia during a Media Briefing of the Second Session of the South Africa - Zambia Joint Commission for Cooperation (JCC). Taj-Pamodzi Hotel, Lusaka, Zambia, 11 October 2017.
Minister Maite Nkoana-Mashabane with Minister Harry Kalaba of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Zambia during the Second Session of the South Africa - Zambia Joint Commission for Cooperation (JCC). Taj-Pamodzi Hotel, Lusaka, Zambia, 11 October 2017. Minister Maite Nkoana-Mashabane with Minister Harry Kalaba of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Zambia during the Second Session of the South Africa - Zambia Joint Commission for Cooperation (JCC). Taj-Pamodzi Hotel, Lusaka, Zambia, 11 October 2017.

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Minister Nkoana-Mashabane arrives in Lusaka, Zambia, to co-chair the 2nd Joint Commission for Cooperation. The Minister of International Relations and Cooperation, Ms Maite Nkoana-Mashabane has arrived in Lusaka, Zambia to Co-Chair the Second Session of the Joint Commission for Cooperation (JCC) with her Zambian Counterpart, Minister Harry Kalaba of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Zambia.

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DIRCO’s Annual Report to Parliament shows significant improvements. The Department of International Relations and Cooperation (DIRCO) has today, 10 October 2017, presented its Annual Report to Parliament’s Portfolio Committee on International Relations and Cooperation.

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Minister Maite Nkoana-Mashabane during the opening of the 5th Ordinary Session of the Fourth Pan African Parliament, Gallagher Convention Centre, Midrand, South Africa, 9 October 2017. Minister Maite Nkoana-Mashabane during the opening of the 5th Ordinary Session of the Fourth Pan African Parliament, Gallagher Convention Centre, Midrand, South Africa, 9 October 2017.

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Remarks by Minister Maite Nkoana-Mashabane during the opening of the 5th Ordinary Session of the Fourth Pan African Parliament, Midrand, 9 October 2017. I am humbled to be afforded this opportunity to welcome you to our country; and permit me to extend our warm greetings to all of you on behalf of President Zuma, our Government and the people of the Republic of South Africa.

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DIRCO to brief the media on IORA Preparations and the outcomes of the BRICS Ministerial Meeting

The Deputy Director-General for Asia and Middle East in the Department of International Relations and Cooperation, Professor Anil Sooklal, will on Monday, 09 October 2017, brief the media.

Date : Monday, 09 October 2017
Time : 11H00
Venue :

Southern Sun Elangeni and Maharani Hotel
63 Snell Parade
North Beach
Durban

RSVP : mlangenir@dirco.gov.za and rachidis@dirco.gov.za
Enquiries : Nelson Kgwete, 076 431 3078
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South Africa joins the international community in condemning the terrorist attack on a Shrine in Jhal Magsi, Pakistan, on 5 October 2017. The South African Government condemns, in the strongest possible terms, the brutal killing of 20 worshipers and the injuring of over 25 people, during an attack on a Shrine in the Jhal Magsi district of Balochistan in Pakistan.

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South Africa successfully concludes its term as Chair of the IAEA Board of Governors. At the end of September 2017, South Africa concluded its one-year term at the helm of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Board of Governors.

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South Africa signed Agreements of Cooperation with Zimbabwe. South Africa has today, 03 October 2017, signed five strategic agreement and memoranda of understanding with the government of the Republic of Zimbabwe which aim to strengthen bilateral relations between the neighbouring countries, in Pretoria.

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Joint Communiqué on the occasion of the Second Session of the Bi-National Commission (BNC) between South Africa and Zimbabwe in Pretoria. At the invitation of His Excellency, Mr Jacob Gedleyihlekisa Zuma, President of the Republic of South Africa, His Excellency, Mr Robert Gabriel Mugabe, President of the Republic of Zimbabwe visited the Republic of South Africa on the 3rd of October 2017 on the occasion of the Second Session of the Bi-National Commission (BNC) between the Republic of South Africa and the Republic of Zimbabwe.

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Opening Remarks by President Jacob Zuma, on the occasion of the Second Session of the Bi-National Commission (BNC) between the Republic of South Africa and the Republic of Zimbabwe, held in Pretoria, 3 October 2017. It is with great pleasure that we welcome you, Mr President and your esteemed delegation. We thank you for honouring our invitation to the Second Session of our valued Bi-National Commission.
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President Zuma sends condolences to the USA following Las Vegas shooting. On behalf of the Government and the people of South Africa, President Jacob Zuma has extended the country’s condolences to the government and the people of the United States of America following the shooting that occurred during a music festival on the morning of 02 October 2017 in Las Vegas.

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Minister Maite Nkoana-Mashabane meets with her counterpart from Zimbabwe, Minister Simbarashe Mumbengegwi, for the South Africa - Zimbabwe Bi-National Commission (BNC), OR Tambo Building, Pretoria, South Africa, 2 October 2017. Minister Maite Nkoana-Mashabane meets with her counterpart from Zimbabwe, Minister Simbarashe Mumbengegwi, for the South Africa - Zimbabwe Bi-National Commission (BNC), OR Tambo Building, Pretoria, South Africa, 2 October 2017.

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Opening Remarks by Hon. Maite Nkoana-Mashabane on the occasion of the Second Session of the Bi-National Commission (BNC) between the Republic of South Africa and the Republic of Zimbabwe, Pretoria, 02 October 2017. As you are aware, the people of South Africa consider Zimbabwe a great friend and neighbour. This Bi-National Commission provides us, once more, with the opportunity to renew and strengthen the historic bonds between our countries, solidified during the liberation struggle.
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Minister Nkoana-Mashabane to host her Zimbabwean counterpart

The Minister of International Relations and Cooperation, Hon. Maite Nkoana-Mashabane, will on Monday, 02 October 2017, co-chair the South Africa-Zimbabwe Bi-National Commission with her counterpart, Minister Simbarashe Mumbengegwi.

Date : Monday, 02 October 2017
Time : 09H00
Venue :

Department of International Relations and Cooperation
O R Tambo Building
460 Soutpansberg Road
Rietondale
Pretoria

RSVP : rachidis@dirco.gov.za / mlangenir@dirco.gov.za
Enquiries : Nelson Kgwete, 076 431 3078
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XI Bilateral Consultations between the Republic of South Africa and the Kingdom of Spain, Joint Communiqué, Pretoria, 29 September 2017. The Deputy Minister of International Relations and Cooperation of the Republic of South Africa, Mr Lluwelyn Landers, hosted the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs of the Kingdom of Spain, Mr Ildefonso Castro López, for the 11th Session of the South Africa – Spain Annual Consultations in Pretoria on 29 September 2017.

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Deputy Minister Landers to host the Spanish Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs and Cooperation. The Deputy Minister of International Relations and Cooperation, Mr Luwellyn Landers, will host the Spanish Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs and Cooperation, Mr Ildefonso Castro, on the occasion of the 11th South Africa-Spain Annual Consultations scheduled for 29 September 2017 in Pretoria.

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Statement on the Cabinet Meeting of 27 September 2017. Cabinet met on Wednesday, 27 September 2017, at the Union Buildings, Pretoria. Issues in the environment - United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) - Cabinet welcomed President Jacob Zuma’s address to the 72nd Regular Session of the UNGA in New York, USA on 12 September 2017, under the theme “Focusing on People: Striving for Peace and a Decent Life for All on a Sustainable Planet”.

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DIRCO to brief the media on SA's hosting of the 17th Indian Ocean Rim Association Council of Ministers’ Meetings

The Deputy Director-General for Asia and Middle East in the Department of International Relations and Cooperation, Professor Anil Sooklal, will brief the media on South Africa's hosting of 17th Indian Ocean Rim Association (IORA) Council of Ministers’ Meetings scheduled to take place from 14 to 17 October 2017 in Durban.

Date :

Tuesday, 26 September 2017

Time : 10H00
Venue :

Department of International Relations and Cooperation
Media Briefing Room
O R Tambo Building
460 Soutpansberg Road
Rietondale
Pretoria

RSVP : mlangenir@dirco.gov.za and rachidis@dirco.gov.za
Enquiries : Nelson Kgwete 076 431 3078
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Minister Maite Nkoana-Mashabane chairs the BRICS Ministerial Meeting, on the sidelines of the United Nations General Assembly, UN Headquarters, New York, USA, 21 September 2017. Minister Maite Nkoana-Mashabane chairs the BRICS Ministerial Meeting, on the sidelines of the United Nations General Assembly, UN Headquarters, New York, USA, 21 September 2017.

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Meeting of BRICS Ministers of Foreign Affairs/International Relations, September 21, 2017, New York. The BRICS Ministers of Foreign Affairs/International Relations held their annual meeting on the margins of the 72nd session of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA72) on 21 September 2017.
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Minister Maite Nkoana-Mashabane attends the Ministerial Meeting of the India, Brazil and South Africa (IBSA) Forum, on the sidelines of the United Nations General Assembly, UN Headquarters, New York, USA, 21 September 2017. Minister Maite Nkoana-Mashabane attends the Ministerial Meeting of the India, Brazil and South Africa (IBSA) Forum, on the sidelines of the United Nations General Assembly, UN Headquarters, New York, USA, 21 September 2017.

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Toast Remarks by His Excellency President Jacob Zuma during the reception on the occasion of the Commemoration of the Centenary of O R Tambo, United Nations, New York, 20 September 2017. It is my honour to welcome you to this event today, as we commemorate the centenary anniversary of an illustrious son of South Africa and icon of our country’s liberation, Oliver Reginald Tambo, affectionately known as “O.R.”.

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Statement by His Excellency President Jacob Zuma during the General Debate of the 72nd Session of the United Nations General Assembly, United Nations, New York, 20 September 2017. I wish to congratulate you on your election as the President of the 72nd Session of the General Assembly. I assure you of South Africa's full support in the implementation of your priorities and responsibilities throughout your term.

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President Zuma sends condolences to the United Mexican States following the severe earthquake. On behalf of the Government and the people of South Africa, President Jacob Zuma has again extended the country’s condolences to the United Mexican States following the severe earthquake that shook central Mexico on the 20th September 2017, on the anniversary of the devastating 1985 quake that also caused tremendous destruction in Mexico City.

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South Africa to host the 17th Indian Ocean Rim Association Council of Ministers’ Meetings. South Africa will assume the role of Chair for Indian Ocean Rim Association (IORA) in October 2017 taking over from Indonesia. In this regard the Country will host the 17th Indian Ocean Rim Association (IORA) Council of Ministers' Meetings from 14 - 18 October 2017 in Durban under the theme: “IORA – uniting the peoples of Africa, Asia, Australasia, and the Middle East through enhanced co-operation for peace, stability and sustainable development”.

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President Jacob Zuma, accompanied by Minister Maite Nkoana-Mashabane and Minister Edna Molewa, attend the Meeting of the Committee of African Heads of State and Government on Climate Change (CAHOSCC), African Union Permanent Observer Mission House, New York, USA, 18 September 2017. President Jacob Zuma, accompanied by Minister Maite Nkoana-Mashabane and Minister Edna Molewa, attend the Meeting of the Committee of African Heads of State and Government on Climate Change (CAHOSCC), African Union Permanent Observer Mission House, New York, USA, 18 September 2017.

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BRICS’ leaders share strong resolve, The New Age, 18 September 2017. President Jacob Zuma recently concluded his participation in the in the ninth Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa (BRICS) Summit, which was hosted by China President Xi Jinping from September 4-5 in Xiamen.ttt
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President Zuma sends condolences to Mexico following the devastating earthquake, tsunami and hurricane that battered the provinces of Chiapas, Oaxaca and Tabasco last week. President Jacob Zuma has, on behalf of the Government and the people of South Africa, extended the country’s condolences to the United Mexican States following the worst earthquake in a century that devastated the Chiapas, Oaxaca and Tabasco provinces.

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Deputy Minister Mfeketo to undertake an official visit to Syria and Lebanon. The Deputy Minister of the Department of International Relations and Cooperation, Ms Nomaindiya Mfeketo will undertake an Official Visit to Syria and Lebanon from 19 to 23 September 2017.

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President Zuma arrives in New York, USA for the 72nd Session of the United Nations General Assembly. President Jacob Zuma has today, 17 September 2017, arrived in New York, United States of America, to attend the 72nd Session of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA72), scheduled to take place from 19-25 September 2017.

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Final Communiqué of the Double Troika Summit of SADC Heads of State and Government OR Tambo Building, Department of International Relations and Cooperation (DIRCO) Pretoria, South Africa, 15th September 2017. The Double Troika Summit of the Heads of State and Government of the Southern African Development Community (SADC) was held at OR Tambo Building, Department of International Relations and Cooperation (DIRCO) in Pretoria, in the Republic of South Africa on 15th September 2017.
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Opening Remarks by the Chair of SADC, President Jacob Zuma, on the occasion of the Double Troika Summit of Heads of State and Government, DIRCO, Tshwane, 15 September 2017. It is my pleasure to welcome you all to South Africa on the occasion of the Extra Ordinary Double Troika Summit. I would like to convey my sincere appreciation to you for honouring our invitation to this Extra Ordinary Summit at such a short notice.

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President Zuma to attend the UN General Assembly in New York. President Jacob Zuma will travel to New York in the United States to attend the General Debate of the 72nd Session of the UN General Assembly (UNGA 72) and other activities at the UN Headquarters from 19-25 September 2017.

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Minister of Defence and Military Veterans, Ms Nosiviwe Noluthando Mapisa-Nqakula, with the Foreign Minister of Angola, Mr Georges Chikoti, and the SADC Executive Secretary, Dr Stergomena Lawrence Tax, during the SADC Ministerial Meeting, 15 September 2017. Minister of Defence and Military Veterans, Ms Nosiviwe Noluthando Mapisa-Nqakula, with the Foreign Minister of Angola, Mr Georges Chikoti, and the SADC Executive Secretary, Dr Stergomena Lawrence Tax, during the SADC Ministerial Meeting, 15 September 2017.

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Media Accreditation for the SADC Extra-Ordinary Double Troika Summit

South Africa as the Chair of SADC, will host the SADC Extra-Ordinary Double Troika Summit on 15 September 2017. The Double Troika Summit is held as a result of the recent political and security developments in the Kingdom of Lesotho.

Date : Friday, 15 September 2017
    1. Ministerial Opening Session
Venue : OR Tambo Building
460 Soutpansberg Road
Pretoria
Time : 07H30
 
    2. Double Troika Summit
Venue : OR Tambo Building
460 Soutpansberg Road
Pretoria
Time : 14H00
RSVP : rachidis@dirco.gov.za / mlangenir@dirco.gov.za
Enquiries : Salome Baloi, 083 778 7142
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South Africa appeals to Myanmar to address the situation of displaced citizens. The Government of the Republic of South Africa expresses its deep concern about the plight of over three hundred thousand Rohingya civilians who have fled their homes in Myanmar.

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Statement on the Cabinet Meeting of 13 September 2017. Cabinet met on Wednesday, 13 September 2017, at Tuynhuys, Cape Town. Issues in the environment – Economy - Cabinet welcomes the positive growth in the Gross Domestic Product (GDP) of 2.5% in the second quarter of 2017, which has moved the country out of a technical recession. Last week, Statistics South Africa released the figures, which represent a year-on-year growth of 1.1%.

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President Zuma sends a message of condolences to the countries of the Caribbean that are affected by Hurricane Irma. On behalf of the Government and the people of South Africa, His Excellency President Jacob Zuma has conveyed a message of condolences to the Governments and people of the countries of the Caribbean that have been affected by Hurricane Irma, especially families and relatives of all the victims.

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President Zuma commends the progress registered in Congo towards the resolution of conflict in Libya. President Jacob Zuma has commended the progress registered in the discussions in the Republic of Congo towards the resolution of conflict in Libya.

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Minister Maite Nkoana-Mashabane, meets with the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Socialist Republic of Vietnam, Mr Phạm Bình Minh, Hanoi, Socialist Republic of Vietnam, 7 September 2017. Minister Maite Nkoana-Mashabane, meets with the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Socialist Republic of Vietnam, Mr Phạm Bình Minh, Hanoi, Socialist Republic of Vietnam, 7 September 2017.

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South Africa and Vietnam agree to accelerate trade. The Minister of International Relations and Cooperation, Hon. Maite Nkoana-Mashabane, has successfully concluded her Working Visit to Hanoi, in the Socialist Republic of Vietnam, where she met the Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mr Phạm Bình Minh.

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President Zuma sends a message of condolences to the Republic of Niger. On behalf of the Government and the people of South Africa, President Jacob Zuma has conveyed a message of condolences to the Government and people of the Republic of Niger, especially families and relatives of all the victims, following the torrential rains that killed many and forced thousands to leave their homes.

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President Zuma concludes his successful visit to China for the 9th BRICS Summit. President Jacob Zuma has concluded a successful Working Visit to Xiamen in the People’s Republic of China, where he attended the 9th BRICS Summit with other BRICS Leaders. The 9th BRICS (Brazil, Russia, India, China, and South Africa) Summit took place from 3-5 September 2017 under the theme: “BRICS: Stronger Partnership for a Brighter Future".

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BRICS banks places developmental agenda as priority for South Nations, Voices 360 - Business & Economics, Politics, 6 September 2017. As the BRICS Heads of State Government gather this week in Xiamen, China, one of the major discussion points will be to review progress achieved in respect of the operations of the New Development Bank (NDB) also known as the BRICS Bank.
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Opening Remarks by Deputy Minister of International Relations and Cooperation, Mr Luwellyn Landers, MP at the Seventeenth Annual Regional Seminar on the Implementation of International Humanitarian Law, 05 September 2017, Pretoria. At the outset I would request that we observe a moment of silence and pay tribute to the late Mr Abdullah al- Khamessi, founder of the Yemeni Red Crescent, who passed on in Ibn Sinaa hospital in Sanaa, Yemen.

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President Zuma condemns the killing of the Chief of Defence Force of Lesotho. President Zuma has expressed his revulsion at the killing of the Commander of the Lesotho Defence Force, Lt General Khoantle Motsomotso, who was killed on 05 September 2017 reportedly by an army officer.

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South African government’s position on the reported sixth nuclear weapons test conducted by the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK). The South African Government unequivocally condemns the sixth nuclear weapons test conducted by the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) on 3 September 2017.
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President Jacob Zuma with leaders of BRICS before BRICS Emerging Market and Developing Countries Dialogue, Xiamen International Conference and Exhibition Centre, Xiamen, People’s Republic of China, 5 September 2017. President Jacob Zuma with leaders of BRICS before BRICS Emerging Market and Developing Countries Dialogue, Xiamen International Conference and Exhibition Centre, Xiamen, People’s Republic of China, 5 September 2017.

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Remarks by His Excellency President Jacob Zuma during the Dialogue of the Emerging Markets and Developing Countries on the Margins of the 9th BRICS Summit, Xiamen, China, 5 September 2017. I would like to take this opportunity to thank President Xi Jinping for bringing together a new configuration of like-minded partners from amongst the group of Emerging Markets and Developing Countries (EMDCs) with whom the BRICS nations share common aspirations and challenges.

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Minister Maite Nkoana-Mashabane, meets with the Prime Minister of the Socialist Republic of Vietnam, Mr Nguyễn Xuân Phúc, Hanoi, Socialist Republic of Vietnam, 6 September 2017. Minister Maite Nkoana-Mashabane, meets with the Prime Minister of the Socialist Republic of Vietnam, Mr Nguyễn Xuân Phúc, Hanoi, Socialist Republic of Vietnam, 6 September 2017.

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Minister Nkoana-Mashabane to undertake a Working Visit to the Socialist Republic of Vietnam. The Minister of International Relations and Cooperation, Hon. Maite Nkoana-Mashabane, is scheduled to undertake a Working Visit to Hanoi, Socialist Republic of Vietnam, where she is expected to meet with Prime Minister Nguyễn Xuân Phúc and Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mr Phạm Bình Minh, on 6 and 7 September 2017 respectively.

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Deputy Minister Landers to address the 17th Annual Regional Seminar on International Humanitarian Law. The Deputy Minister of Department of International Relations and Cooperation, Mr L Landers will address the 17th Annual Regional Seminar on International Humanitarian Law (IHL) on the 5th September 2017. This year's seminar coincides with the commemoration of the 40th anniversary of the 1977 Additional Protocols to the Geneva Conventions of 1949.

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