Core Values of the South African Foreign Policy and the Expression thereof in Foreign Policy towards Zimbabwe, Swaziland and Sudan

NATIONAL ASSEMBLY

FOR ORAL REPLY

QUESTION NO: 806

PUBLISHED IN INTERNAL QUESTION PAPER NO 16 OF 27 MAY 2005

Mr D H M Gibson (DA) to ask the Minister of Foreign Affairs:
(a) What are the core values of the South Africa Foreign Policy and (b) how do these find expression in South Africa's foreign policy towards (i) Zimbabwe, (ii) Swaziland and (iii) Sudan? N1066E

REPLY:

(a) The core values of South African foreign policy are contained in the Department's Strategic Plan (2005-2008, pages 17-19) viz.:

THE MANDATE OF THE DEPARTMENT:

Strategic Objectives

  • Through bilateral and multilateral interactions, to protect and promote South African National interests and values.
  • Conduct and co-ordinate South Africa's international relations and promote its foreign policy objectives.
  • Monitor international developments and advise government on foreign policy and related domestic matters.
  • Protect South Africa's sovereignty and territorial integrity.
  • Contribute to the formulation of international law and enhance respect for its provisions.
  • Promote multilateralism in order to secure a rules-based international system.
  • Maintain a modern, effective and excellence-driven department.
  • Provide consular services to South African national abroad.
  • Provide a world-class and uniquely South African State Protocol Service.

VISION

Our vision is of an African continent that is prosperous, peaceful, democratic, non racial, non-sexist and united, and which contributes to a world that is just and equitable.

MISSION

We are committed to promoting South Africa's national interests and values, that African Renaissance and the creation of a better world for all.

(b) They find expression in our co-operation bilaterally and multilaterally through SADC, AU, UN and other Global Institutions.

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