Deputy Minister Aziz Pahad to Lead SA Delegation to SADC Meeting of the Inter-State Politics and Diplomacy Committee

Pretoria - South African Deputy Foreign Minister Aziz Pahad will on Thursday, 15 June 2006 depart for Windhoek, Namibia where he will lead the South African government delegation to the SADC Meeting of the Inter-State Politics and Diplomacy Committee (ISPDC) scheduled for the same day.

South Africa alongside Namibia and Lesotho, constitute the Troika of the SADC Organ on Politics, Defence and Security.

As such, Deputy Minister Pahad's participation in this meeting comes within the context of South Africa's commitment to consolidate the African agenda through South Africa's participation in SADC institutions.
Issues on the agenda of discussions at the ISPDC meeting will include, among others:

  • A review of the political situation in the region;
  • Peace and stability in the DRC;
  • Consolidation of democracy in the region; and
  • SADC support of peacekeeping and conflict resolution initiatives.

Deputy Minister Pahad is expected to return to South Africa on Thursday, 15 June 2006 ahead of the 30th anniversary commemoration of the Soweto Uprisings.

Issued by Ronnie Mamoepa on 082 990 4853

Department of Foreign Affairs
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14 June 2006

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