Status and Information on the Visit of the Deputy President to the United Arab Emirates

NATIONAL ASSEMBLY

FOR WRITTEN REPLY

QUESTION NO: 61

PUBLISHED IN INTERNAL QUESTION PAPER NO 1 OF 3 FEBRUARY 2006

DR PWA MULDER (FF+) TO ASK THE MINISTER OF FOREIGN AFFAIRS:

a. Whether the Office of the Deputy President informed her Department beforehand about the Deputy President's holiday visit to the United Arab Emirates in December 2005; if not, why was her Department not notified that the Deputy President was going to be on holiday in the UAE as a guest of that country's Emir; if so, when;

b. Whether her Department rendered any assistance to the UAE in respect of the security arrangements for the Deputy President's visit; if not, why not; if so, what was the extent of such assistance;

c. Whether her Department arranged any appointments or contact visits with persons in the construction industry in the UAE for the Deputy President during that time; if so, with whom were these appointments arranged; if not,

d. Whether her Department was informed that during such holiday in the UAE the Deputy President made contact with construction firms; if not, what is the position in this regard. N80E

REPLY:

a. Yes. It should however be clarified that the Deputy President was not a guest of the Emir

b. Yes

  • It should be mentioned that neither the Department, Mission or Office of the Presidency was aware that the Office of the Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi was going to extend courtesy accommodation to the Deputy President and her delegation until the night before the Deputy President's arrival in the UAE.

  • This offer was discussed with Ambassador D Moopeloa, who could not turn it down, because of the healthy relationship that exists between the two countries.

  • Any clarity and/or information regarding the security arrangements should be sought from the Presidential Protection Unit.

c. No appointments were made for the Deputy President. However the Mission prepared a programme for the Deputy President to visit sites of a prototype developmental or infrastructural nature, both in Abu Dhabi and Dubai

d. Refer to answer c above.

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