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South Africa concerned about the situation in Yemen. The South African Government is very concerned about the deteriorating situation in Yemen, including the death of the former President of Yemen, Mr Ali Abdullah Saleh and the calls from some quarters for revenge.

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South Africa’s position on the unilateral decision taken by the United States to recognise Jerusalem as the capital of Israel which undermines Middle East Peace Process. South Africa maintains a principled position that unilateralism threatens the global balance of power, security and stability in a relatively volatile environment. International cooperation, dialogue and consultation is therefore critical to ensure peaceful interaction among states.

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Statement on the Cabinet Meeting of Wednesday, 6 December 2017.Cabinet convened for its last 2017 meeting at the Union Buildings in Pretoria. Cabinet Decisions - Cabinet approved the National Tourism Sector Strategy (NTSS) 2016-2026 for implementation. The NTSS is anchored on five strategic pillars, namely marketing, facilitation of ease of access for tourists, enhance visitor experience, destination management and broad-based benefits.

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Minister Maite Nkoana-Mashabane meets with the Minister of Science Energy and Technology of Jamaica, Dr Andrew Wheatley, Pretoria, South Africa, 5 December 2017. Minister Maite Nkoana-Mashabane meets with the Minister of Science Energy and Technology of Jamaica, Dr Andrew Wheatley, Pretoria, South Africa, 5 December 2017.


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Public invited to nominate South Africans for the 2018 Ubuntu Awards. The Department of International Relations and Cooperation (DIRCO) will host the fourth Annual Ubuntu Awards on Saturday, 10 February 2018, in Cape Town. The Ubuntu Awards were launched in 2015 to celebrate South African citizens who play an active role in projecting a positive image of South Africa internationally through diligent service in their respective fields. South Africa prides itself on these global ambassadors.

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Deputy Minister Mfeketo to host the Post Africa Cup Amateur Tournament Award Ceremony

The Deputy Minister of International Relations and Cooperation, Ms Nomaindiya Mfeketo, will be hosting the Post Africa Cup Amateur Tournament Award Ceremony Cape Town, Western Cape Province on the 3rd of December 2017.

Date : Sunday, 03 December 2017
Time : 18H00
Venue :

Portuguese Club
Milnerton grounds
Cape Town
Western Cape

Enquiries : Nelson Kgwete, 076 431 3078
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Statement by His Excellency President Jacob Zuma of the Republic of South Africa on Cooperation on Peace and Security with a special focus on Youth during the 5th African Union-European Union Summit, 30 November 2017. South Africa is honoured to introduce the thematic session on African Union (AU)-European Union (EU) Cooperation on peace and security with a focus on youth, on behalf of the African Union.
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President Jacob Zuma with other Heads of State and Government at the Opening Ceremony of the Fifth Summit of the African Union - European Union, Abidjan, Republic of Côte d’Ivoire, 29 November 2017. President Jacob Zuma with other Heads of State and Government at the Opening Ceremony of the Fifth Summit of the African Union - European Union, Abidjan, Republic of Côte d’Ivoire, 29 November 2017.

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South Africa condemns and denounces the reported slave trade of African Migrants in Libya. South Africa joins the international community in strongly condemning the disturbing reports of auctioning of African migrants in Libya as slaves. These inhumane acts are incongruent with the ideals of the African Union and relevant African and international instruments, including the African Charter on Human and Peoples' Rights.

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Advisor to the President of Palestine on Foreign and International Relations, Dr Nabeel Shaath, speaks at the United Nations International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People Seminar: The Year of O R Tambo and The Palestinian Struggle under Apartheid Rule, Pretoria, South Africa, 29 November 2017. Advisor to the President of Palestine on Foreign and International Relations, Dr Nabeel Shaath, speaks at the United Nations International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People Seminar: The Year of O R Tambo and The Palestinian Struggle under Apartheid Rule, Pretoria, South Africa, 29 November 2017.

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South Africa condemns deadly terrorist attack in Egypt. President Jacob Zuma has, on behalf of the Government and the people of South Africa, extended the country’s deepest condolences to President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi and the people of the Arab Republic of Egypt following the horrendous and unjustifiable terrorist attack that took place on 24 November 2017 on the Sufi al-Rawdah mosque, Egypt, where a large number of congregants were killed and scores injured.

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President Jacob Zuma and the President of the Republic of Angola, João Manuel Gonçalves Lourenço, witness the signing of Agreements and Memoranda of Understanding, Union Buildings, Pretoria, South Africa, 24 November 2017.

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Joint Communiqué on the occasion of the State Visit by His Excellency, Mr João Manuel Gonçalves Lourenço, President of the Republic of Angola, to the Republic of South Africa, 24 - 25 November 2017. At the invitation of His Excellency Mr Jacob Gedleyihlekisa Zuma, President of the Republic of South Africa, His Excellency, Mr. João Manuel Gonçalves Lourenço, President of the Republic of Angola, paid a State Visit to the Republic of South Africa from 23 - 25 November 2017.

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Minister Maite Nkoana-Mashabane and the President of the Republic of Angola, João Manuel Gonçalves Lourenço, at the public lecture, under the theme: “Angola – Regional Integration and Development”, OR Tambo Building, Pretoria, South Africa, 24 November 2017. Minister Maite Nkoana-Mashabane and the President of the Republic of Angola, João Manuel Gonçalves Lourenço, at the public lecture, under the theme: “Angola – Regional Integration and Development”, OR Tambo Building, Pretoria, South Africa, 24 November 2017.

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President of the Republic of Angola, João Manuel Gonçalves Lourenço, arrives at the Waterkloof Airforce Base, Pretoria, South Africa, 23 November 2017. President of the Republic of Angola, João Manuel Gonçalves Lourenço, arrives at the Waterkloof Airforce Base, Pretoria, South Africa, 23 November 2017.


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Angolan President Lourenço to deliver public lecture in Pretoria

Following official talks with the President of South Africa, His Excellency Mr Jacob Zuma, on the occasion of his first State Visit to South Africa, the President of the Republic of Angola, His Excellency Mr João Lourenço, will deliver a public lecture on Friday, 24 November 2017, in Pretoria under the theme: “Angola – Regional Integration and Development”.

Date :

Friday, 24 November 2017

Time : 14H00
Venue :

Department of International Relations and Cooperation
DIRCO Conference Centre
OR Tambo Building
460 Soutpansberg Road
Rietondale
Pretoria

RSVP : mlangenir@dirco.gov.za and copy mtshalip@dirco.gov.za
Enquiries : Nelson Kgwete, 076 431 3078
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SA government conveys condolences to Nigeria following suicide bomb blast. The Government and people of South Africa wish to convey a message of condolences to the Government and the people of Nigeria following a suicide bomb blast on 21 November 2017 that has left over 50 people killed and many injured.

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Minister Nkoana-Mashabane and the Executive Secretary of SADC, Dr Stergomena Lawrence Tax, attend the SADC Troika plus Chair Meeting, SADC Headquarters, Gaborone, Botswana, 16 November 2017. Minister Nkoana-Mashabane and the Executive Secretary of SADC, Dr Stergomena Lawrence Tax, attend the SADC Troika plus Chair Meeting, SADC Headquarters, Gaborone, Botswana, 16 November 2017.

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Minister Maite Nkoana-Mashabane with Minister Pelonomi Venson-Moito of Botswana, co-chair the Ministerial Meeting of the Fourth Session of the South Africa - Botswana Bi-National Commission, Gaborone, Botswana, 16 November 2017. Minister Maite Nkoana-Mashabane with Minister Pelonomi Venson-Moito of Botswana, co-chair the Ministerial Meeting of the Fourth Session of the South Africa - Botswana Bi-National Commission, Gaborone, Botswana, 16 November 2017.

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President Zuma to undertake a Working Visit to Botswana for the 4th Session of the SA-Botswana Bi-National Commission. President Jacob Zuma will undertake a working visit to participate in and co-chair the 4th Session of the South Africa-Botswana Bi-National Commission (BNC) to be held in Gaborone, Botswana on 17 November 2017.

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Statement on the Cabinet Meeting of 15 November 2017. Cabinet met on Wednesday, 15 November 2017 at Tuynhuys, Cape Town. Issues in the environment – Investment - Cabinet welcomes Ford Motor Company’s R3-billion investment into the Silverton Plant, Pretoria, Gauteng. This investment will result in the creation of direct and indirect jobs due to the expected increased production of its Ford Ranger model.

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President Zuma sends condolences message to earthquake-hit countries. 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 the people of the Iraq and Iran following a deadly earthquake which erupted on 12 November 2017.

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Minister Maite Nkoana-Mashabane and the Minister of External Relations from the Republic of Angola, Manuel Domingos Augusto, Pretoria, South Africa, 9 November 2017. Minister Maite Nkoana-Mashabane and the Minister of External Relations from the Republic of Angola, Manuel Domingos Augusto, Pretoria, South Africa, 9 November 2017.


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Media Remarks by Minister Nkoana-Mashabane at the conclusion of Bilateral Talks with the Angolan Minister of External Relations, Mr Manuel Domingos Augusto, 09 November 2017, OR Tambo Building, Pretoria.Today I received and hosted my counterpart, Minister of External Relations, Mr Manuel Domingos Augusto, on a Working Visit to Pretoria. The Minister is accompanied by senior officials from Angola.

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South Africa condemns the missile strike at the King Khalid International Airport in Saudi Arabia. South Africa wishes to express its condemnation of the attempted ballistic missile strike directed towards the Royal Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, which was intercepted close to the King Khalid International Airport on 4 November 2017.

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Minister Nkoana-Mashabane to host her Angolan counterpart

International Relations and Cooperation Minister Maite Nkoana-Mashabane will host her counterpart as part of a working visit from the Republic of Angola, Mr Manuel Domingos Agusto, Minister of External Relations on the 09 November 2017.

Date : Thursday, 09 November 2017
Time : 11H30 for 12H00
Venue :

Department of International Relations and Cooperation
Media Room
OR Tambo Building
460 Soutpansberg Road
Rietondale
Pretoria

Enquiries : Nelson Kgwete, 076 431 3078
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Deputy Minister Luwellyn Landers hosts the Under Secretary of State for Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Poland, Joanna Wronecka, OR Tambo Building, Pretoria, South Africa, 7 November 2017. Deputy Minister Luwellyn Landers hosts the Under Secretary of State for Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Poland, Joanna Wronecka, OR Tambo Building, Pretoria, South Africa, 7 November 2017.

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Minister Maite Nkoana-Mashabane meets with the Foreign Minister of Comoros, Mohamed El-Amine Souef, Pretoria, South Africa, 6 November 2017. Minister Maite Nkoana-Mashabane meets with the Foreign Minister of Comoros, Mohamed El-Amine Souef, Pretoria, South Africa, 6 November 2017.


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South Africa condemns the terrorist attack in New York City. The South African Government unequivocally condemns the terrorist attack in New York City, United States of America, on 31 October 2017, which has caused the death of eight innocent civilians and injured many others.
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Statement on the Cabinet Meeting of Wednesday, 1 November 2017. Cabinet met at Tuynhuys in Cape Town. Issues in the environment - Medium Term Budget Policy Statement (MTBPS) 2017 - Cabinet welcomes the MTBPS delivered by the Minister of Finance, Mr Malusi Gigaba, in Parliament, Cape Town, last week.

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Deputy Minister Luwellyn Landers and the Minister of State for the Diaspora and International Development of Ireland, Mr Ciarán Cannon, during a Bilateral Meeting, Pretoria, South Africa, 31 October 2017. Deputy Minister Luwellyn Landers and the Minister of State for the Diaspora and International Development of Ireland, Ciarán Cannon, during a Bilateral Meeting, Pretoria, South Africa, 31 October 2017.

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Joint Communiqué on the occasion of the Fifth South Africa-Ireland Partnership Forum, Pretoria, 31 October 2017. The Deputy Minister of International Relations and Cooperation of the Republic of South Africa, Mr Luwellyn Landers, hosted the Minister of State for the Diaspora and International Development of Ireland, Mr Ciarán Cannon, for the fifth session of the South Africa-Ireland Partnership Forum in Pretoria on 31 October 2017.

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Deputy Minister Llewellyn Landers, in partnership with the United Nations Office, delivers the OR Tambo Lecture during the one-day Symposium on Multilateralism in order to commemorate the centenary of the life of OR Tambo, Pretoria, South Africa, 31 October 2017. Deputy Minister Llewellyn Landers, in partnership with the United Nations Office, delivers the OR Tambo Lecture during the one-day Symposium on Multilateralism in order to commemorate the centenary of the life of OR Tambo, Pretoria, South Africa, 31 October 2017.

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Keynote Address by the Deputy Minister of International Relations and Cooperation, Mr Luwellyn Landers, at The Symposium themed “Centenary of OR Tambo: Leveraging Multilateralism in Support of the Peace, Security and Development Nexus.”, 31 October 2017. It is an honour and privilege to be afforded an opportunity to stand before you today. On behalf of the Government of South Africa, I wish to warmly welcome you to this Symposium entitled, “Centenary of OR Tambo: Leveraging multilateralism in support of the peace, security and development nexus.”

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Minister Maite Nkoana-Mashabane meets with the Chairperson of the African Union Commission, Moussa Faki Mahamat, Pretoria, South Africa, 30 October 2017. Minister Maite Nkoana-Mashabane meets with the Chairperson of the African Union Commission, Moussa Faki Mahamat, Pretoria, South Africa, 30 October 2017.


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Congratulatory message on the successful 19th National Congress of the Communist Party of China. The Government and people of the Republic of South Africa convey to His Excellency, President XI Jinping, and the Government and people of the People’s Republic of China (PRC), our warmest greetings and sincere congratulations on the successful 19th National Congress of the Communist Party of China convened in Beijing, from 18 to 24 October 2017, and H. E. President XI’s renewed five year tenure as the General Secretary of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of China.

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Joint Communiqué on the occasion of the State Visit by His Excellency, Mr Macky Sall, President of the Republic of Senegal, to the Republic of South Africa from 23 to 25 October 2017. At the invitation of His Excellency, Mr Jacob Gedleyihlekisa Zuma, President of the Republic of South Africa, His Excellency, Mr. Macky Sall, President of the Republic of Senegal, paid a State Visit to the Republic of South Africa from 23 to 25 October 2017.

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Minister Nkoana-Mashabane congratulates the new Secretary General of IORA, Ambassador Dr Nomvuyo Nokwe. The Minister of International Relations and Cooperation, Hon. Minister Maite Nkoana-Mashabane, welcomes the Indian Ocean Rim Association (IORA) Council of Ministers’ appointment of Ambassador Dr Nomvuyo N. Nokwe as the new IORA Secretary General.
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South Africa condemns deadly terrorist attack in Egypt. The South African Government joins the international community in condemning the killing of the Egyptian policemen in the heinous and cowardly terrorist attack that took place on 20th October 2017, in El Wahat desert, Egypt, where a large number of policemen were killed and scores injured.

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South African statement on the occasion of UN Day. Today, 24 October, marks the 72nd anniversary of the entry into force of the United Nations (UN) Charter in 1945, and is commemorated internationally as UN Day.

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Minister Maite Nkoana-Mashabane and the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Islamic Republic of Iran, Javad Zarif, at the 13th Joint Commission between the Republic of South Africa and the Islamic Republic of Iran, Pretoria, South Africa, 23 October 2017. Minister Maite Nkoana-Mashabane and the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Islamic Republic of Iran, Javad Zarif, at the 13th Joint Commission between the Republic of South Africa and the Islamic Republic of Iran, Pretoria, South Africa, 23 October 2017.

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Joint Communiqué of the 13th Joint Commission between the Republic of South Africa and the Islamic Republic of Iran held in Pretoria on 23 October 2017 (corresponding to 1 Aban 1396). At the invitation of Her Excellency, Ms Maite Nkoana-Mashabane, the Minister of International Relations and Cooperation of the Republic of South Africa, His Excellency, Dr Mohammad Javad Zarif, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Islamic Republic of Iran, paid an official visit to the Republic of South Africa on 23 October 2017 (corresponding to 1 Aban 1396) in order to co-chair the 13th Meeting of the Joint Commission as well as conduct bilateral discussions.

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Opening Remarks by Minister Nkoana-Mashabane at the 13th Meeting of the Joint Commission between the Republic of South Africa and the Islamic Republic of Iran in Pretoria, Republic of South Africa, 23 October 2017. I am honoured and privileged to host you here in South Africa today. Iran is renowned for its hospitality and I trust that you and your delegation will find yourselves at home at this beautiful time of the year in Pretoria.
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Minister Nkoana-Mashabane to host her Iranian counterpart

International Relations and Cooperation Minister Maite Nkoana-Mashabane will host the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Islamic Republic of Iran, HE Dr Javad Zarif, on the occasion of the 13th Joint Commission between the Republic of South Africa and the Islamic Republic of Iran scheduled for 23 October 2017 in Pretoria.

Enquiries
Date : Monday, 23 October 2017
Time : 09H30 for 10H00
Venue :

Department of International Relations and Cooperation
Conference Centre
OR Tambo Building
460 Soutpansberg Road
Rietondale
Pretoria

Enquiries : Nelson Kgwete, 076 431 3078
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Minister Maite Nkoana-Mashabane receives a Courtesy Call from the Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Relations of the Kingdom of Lesotho, Lesego Makgothi, Pretoria, South Africa, 23 October 2017. Minister Maite Nkoana-Mashabane receives a Courtesy Call from the Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Relations of the Kingdom of Lesotho, Lesego Makgothi, Pretoria, South Africa, 23 October 2017.


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Durban Communiqué: The 17th Meeting of the Council of Ministers of the Indian Ocean Rim Association (IORA), Durban, South Africa, 18 October 2017. We, the Ministers and Heads of Delegation of the Member States of the Indian Ocean Rim Association (IORA), Australia, Bangladesh, Comoros, India, Indonesia, Iran, Kenya, Madagascar, Malaysia, Mauritius, Mozambique, Oman, Seychelles, Singapore, Somalia, South Africa, Sri Lanka, Tanzania, Thailand, United Arab Emirates and Yemen met in Durban, South Africa for the 17th Meeting of the Council of Ministers (COM) on 18 October 2017.

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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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Minister of International Relations and Cooperation and Chair of the IORA Council of Ministers, Maite Nkoana-Mashabane, at the opening of the IORA 17th Council of Ministers' Meetings 2017, Durban, South Africa, 18 October 2017. Minister of International Relations and Cooperation and Chair of the IORA Council of Ministers, Maite Nkoana-Mashabane, at the opening of the IORA 17th Council of Ministers' Meetings 2017, Durban, South Africa, 18 October 2017.

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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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Minister Maite Nkoana-Mashabane, Minister Aloysio Nunes Ferreira (Brazil), and Dr V K Singh (India), sign the minutes of the Eight IBSA Trilateral Ministerial Commission (ITMC) and adress the media, Southern Sun, Elangeni, Durban, South Africa, 17 October 2017. Minister Maite Nkoana-Mashabane, Minister Aloysio Nunes Ferreira (Brazil), and Dr V K Singh (India), sign the minutes of the Eight IBSA Trilateral Ministerial Commission (ITMC) and adress the media, Southern Sun, Elangeni, Durban, South Africa, 17 October 2017.

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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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Minister Maite Nkoana-Mashabane chairs the Meeting of the Eight India, Brazil, South Africa (IBSA) Trilateral Ministerial Commission (ITMC). The meeting is also attended by Minister Aloysio Nunes Ferreira (Brazil) and Dr V K Singh (India), Southern Sun Elangeni, Durban, South Africa, 17 October 2017. Minister Maite Nkoana-Mashabane chairs the Meeting of the Eight India, Brazil, South Africa (IBSA) Trilateral Ministerial Commission (ITMC). The meeting is also attended by Minister Aloysio Nunes Ferreira (Brazil) and Dr V K Singh (India), Southern Sun Elangeni, Durban, South Africa, 17 October 2017.

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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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