President Thabo Mbeki to attend Inauguration of Namibian President
Elect, Windhoek, Namibia, Monday, 21 March 2005
Pretoria - South African
President Thabo Mbeki, accompanied by Foreign Minister Dr Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma
will attend the inauguration of the President-elect of Namibia, Hifikepunye Pohamba
in Windhoek, Namibia on Monday, 21 March 2005.
Hifikepunye Pohamba was elected
President of Namibia following successful democratic elections on 15-16 November
President Mbeki recently hosted outgoing President Sam Nujoma for
discussions in Cape Town during his farewell visit to regional leaders to extend
In his message of congratulations to President Pohamba, President
Mbeki said, ""I am certain that your election will add impetus to the
further consolidation and implementation of the African agenda and NEPAD as part
of efforts of the African leadership to push back the frontiers of poverty and
President Mbeki further expressed his conviction
that, "the two countries will continue to strengthen their bilateral political
and economic relations whilst discharging their responsibilities towards the African
Union and Southern Africa Development Community (SADC)."
and Namibia share strong bilateral relations with both presidents leading the
Heads of State Economic Bilateral Meeting, the focus of which is to promote mutual
economic and trade co-operation projects, viz. Spatial Development Initiatives,
tourism, energy matters as well as matters related to the South African Customs
Union (SACU) and SADC.
In addition, strong links were forged between South
Africa and Namibia through the ANC and SWAPO during the fight against apartheid.
by Ronnie Mamoepa on 082 990 4853
Department of Foreign Affairs
20 March 2005