Minister Dlamini Zuma Concludes Visit to Bahamas Ahead of her Scheduled Visit to Cuba

Freeport-South African Minister of Foreign Affairs, Dr. Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma on Monday 26 September concluded her bilateral visit to the Commonwealth of the Bahamas by signing a Joint Declaration with her counterpart, Foreign Minister Fred Mitchell.

Minister Dlamini Zuma led a senior South African government officials delegation to the Bahamas for the launch of the Joint South Africa-Bahamas Bilateral Commission aimed at consolidating and strengthening bilateral political, economic, trade and cultural relations between the two countries.

Joint Declaration

In a joint declaration signed and released following the bilateral discussions both Ministers Dlamini Zuma and Fred Mitchell "expressed satisfaction with the friendly and cordial relations that exist between the two countries.

The two ministers further noted that the joint bilateral commission had met pursuant to the Bilateral Agreement signed between themselves in Pretoria in 2004.

The bilateral meeting between the two ministers was preceded by working meetings at expert level comprising the sectors of agriculture, arts and culture, education, foreign affairs and health.
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At the opening ceremony of the bilateral commission, the two ministers pointed out the close links of friendship and solidarity that unite the governments and people of the two countries. They further stressed the need for practical implementation of joint programmes in a wide variety of areas including agriculture, arts and culture, education, foreign relations and health" said the joint declaration.

VISIT TO CUBA

In Cuba, Minister Dlamini Zuma will lead the senior South African government officials delegation, including Foreign Affairs Deputy Director-General, Ndumiso Ntshinga, political advisor Tiny Maya, Ambassadors Mbulelo Rakwena and Thanduyise Chiliza in co-chairing the joint South Africa-Cuba bilateral commission.

Issued by Ronnie Mamoepa on 082 - 9904853

C/O South African mission-Bahamas

26 September 2005

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