President Thabo Mbeki to attend Inauguration of Sudanese President,
Khartoum, Sudan, Saturday, 9 July 2005
Gleneagles - South African President
Thabo Mbeki, accompanied by Deputy Foreign Minister Aziz Pahad, will, upon conclusion
of the G-8 Summit in Gleneagles, Scotland travel to Khartoum, Sudan for the inauguration
of President Omar Hassan Ahmed el-Bashir and his two deputies, Vice Presidents
Dr John Garang and Ali Osman Taha.
President Mbeki and Deputy Minister
Pahad will attend the ceremony in South Africa's capacity as the Chairperson of
the African Union (AU) Committee on Post-Conflict Reconstruction in Sudan. The
visit must therefore be understood within the context of South Africa's stated
objective of promoting the peaceful resolution of conflicts whilst encouraging
post conflict reconstruction and development.
President El-Bashir will
after the inauguration sign into law the interim national constitution that will
govern the activities of the Sudanese government of national unity for the next
six years of the transitional period.
The Comprehensive Peace Agreement
(CPA) signed in January this year has held very well with all sides working towards
creating the conditions for peace and stability in Sudan. South Africa will thus
continue to work for successful implementation of the current peace process.
by Ronnie Mamoepa on 082 990 4853.
Department of Foreign Affairs
8 July 2005