Deputy Minister Aziz Pahad to Hold Discussions with Palestinian
Counterpart Abdullah Abdullah,Tshwane, South Africa Monday, 6 June 2005
- South African Deputy Foreign Minister Aziz Pahad will host Palestinian Deputy
Foreign Minister Abdullah Abdullah for political discussions at the Diplomatic
Guesthouse in Tshwane on Monday, 6 June 2005.
It is expected that Deputy Minister
Abdullah will brief Deputy Minister Pahad:
· on recent developments
in Palestine including the outcomes of discussions between President George Bush
and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas held in Washington on 26 May 2005;
the impact of the scheduled Israeli withdrawal from Gaza on the people of Palestine;
· And the reform of the Palestinian National Authority (PNA).
his part, Deputy Minister Pahad will brief Deputy Minister Abdullah on regional
and continental developments including peacekeeping and conflict resolution efforts
in Africa, NEPAD and the reform of the UN.
Deputy Minister Abdullah's visit
is part of South Africa's ongoing engagement with various sectors of Palestinian
and Israeli society with a view to assisting the people of Palestine and Israel
find a viable, just and lasting solution to their current challenges.
this regard, South Africa hosted the Presidential Peace Retreat in January 2002
at the Spier Estate, Cape Town in which senior Israeli and Palestinian delegates
participated and several other meetings thereafter.
The South African government
supports the creation of a viable Palestinian State based on its position that
only a two-state solution can help bring about a lasting peace in the Middle East.
Issued by Ronnie Mamoepa on 082 990 4853.
Department of Foreign Affairs
5 June 2005