President Mbeki to host Sudanese Vice President Salva Kiir Mayardit, for Discussions in Pretoria

Pretoria - South African President Thabo Mbeki will on Tuesday, 28 November 2006 host the Vice President of the Sudan and President of Southern Sudan Salva Kiir Mayardit for political and economic discussions at the Union Buildings in Pretoria.

Vice President Kirr will be accompanied by the Minister of Regional Co-operation Dr Barnaba Marial Benjamin, Minister of Labour, Public Service and Human Resource Development David Deng Athorbei, Minister of Information and Broadcasting Dr Samson Lukare Kwaje, Minister of Education Dr Michael Milli Hussein, Minister of Trade and Commerce Anthony Lino Makana, Minister of Telecommunications and Postal Services Gier Chuang Aluong, Minister of Industry and Mining Albino Akol Akol and other senior officials.

President Mbeki's discussions with Vice President Salva Kiir Mayardit come within the context of South Africa's commitment to consolidate the African agenda through, among others, the promotion of post-conflict reconstruction and development initiatives. In this regard, South Africa is the chair of the African Union's Post Conflict and Reconstruction Committee on the Sudan.

Issues on the agenda of President Mbeki and Vice President Kiir are expected to include, among others:

  • The implementation of the Comprehensive Peace Agreement;
  • Post conflict reconstruction and development initiatives within the context of the April 2005 Oslo Pledging conference and Capacity and Institution Building Project for Southern Sudan;
  • The situation in Darfur; and

The situation with regard to the expiration of the mandate of the African Union Mission in Sudan (AMIS) on 31 December 2006.

Vice President Kiir is expected to depart from South Africa on Sunday 2 December 2006.

Issued by Ronnie Mamoepa on 082 990 4853

Department of Foreign Affairs
Private Bag X152

22 November 2006

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