Deputy President Mrs Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka to Host Indonesian Vice-President Jusuf Kalla, 26 - 28 September 2005

TSHWANE - South African Deputy President Mrs Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka will on Wednesday 28 September 2005 hold bilateral,political, diplomatic and economic discussions in Tuynhuys, Cape Town with the Indonesian Vice-President Jusuf Kalla, who arrives in South Africa tomorrow, Monday 26 September 2005 on a three-day official visit.

OnTuesday, 27 September 2005 Deputy President Mlambo-Ngcuka will accompany Vice-President Jusuf Kalla during the National Orders Award Ceremony at the Union Buildings, Tshwane. The two leaders will later attend the South Africa-Indonesia Business Forum at the Pretoria Country Club.

Vice-President Jusuf Kalla's official visit is aimed at consolidating relations between the two countries following the success of the New Asian-African Partnership Summit co-hosted by President Thabo Mbeki and the Indonesian President, His Excellency Sosilo Bambang Yudhoyono in Jakarta on 22 April this year.

The two governments, share the view that to jump-start the second economy, and alleviate poverty afflicting our sister nations, there is a need to vigorously pursue and strengthen bilateral relations and concretise greater regional co-operation between ASEAN and SADC to which the Republic of Indonesia and South Africa respectively belong .

Deputy President Mlambo-Ngcuka and Vice-President Kalla will on Wednesday 28 September 2005, in an effort to promote South-South co-operation and advancing the cause of developing countries in engagements with the developed North, interrogate mechanisms that would effect closer cooperation in areas of bilateral trade, political relations, cultural exchange programmes and the global political landscape, including the Middle East.

Vice-President Jusuf Kalla will later officiate at the handing-over ceremony on the completion of renovations to Masjid Nuru Latief, a shrine in honour of Sheik Usuf, an Indonesian political leader who died in exile at Maccasar, outside Cape Town in the seventeenth century.

Deputy President will on behalf of President Thabo Mbeki re-iterate South Africa's condolences to the government and people of Indonesia on the Tsunami disaster of 26 December 2004. The Deputy President will also congratulate Vice-President Kalla, his government and the Indonesian people on successfully managing and co-ordination of relief efforts during those difficult times.

Issued by Zanele Mngadi on 082 781 9332/ Ronnie Mamoepa on 082 990 4853


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