President Mbeki Congratulates Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi on the Landslide Election Victory Won by his Party, the ruling Liberal Democratic Party

Tshwane: President Mbeki, today Tuesday, 13 September 2005 extended his congratulations to Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi on his landslide election victory in the election that was held on 11 September 2005.

President Mbeki said, " Your Excellency, please accept my congratulations to you and your party', the Liberal Democratic Party election victory.

President Mbeki further stated that "Japan is an important partner of South Africa in our efforts to ensure that Africa and the South achieve their rightful place on the world's stage. We therefore have, your Excellency ,enormous appreciation for Japan's continued support"

President Mbeki also stated that " South Africa greatly appreciates Japan's support for the New Partnership for Africa's development ( NEPAD), through which our continent intends to unlock its great potential for, economic, social and political regeneration."The role your country plays in multilateral fora like the UN is also greatly appreciated and I wish you well in the consolidation of your efforts for African and global benefit during your next term of office."

" May I take this opportunity to also convey my personal congratulations on your overwhelming victory, which is a clear indication of your strong visionary leadership over the past five years"

Mr. Prime Minister, I personally wish you good health, and prosperity for your country and its people and look forward to work constructively with you in the same spirit of co-operation as we have enjoyed over the years." concluded President Mbeki

Issued by Murphy Morobe on 082 463 9334

Deputy Director General - Communications
Office of the President

13 September 2005

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