South African Delegation to be sent to Libya to attend the 40th Anniversary of Muammar Gaddafi’s Reign in Libya

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QUESTION NO: 1095

PUBLISHED IN INTERNAL QUESTION PAPER NO 14 OF 04 SEPTEMBER 2009

MR KS MUBU (DA) TO ASK THE MINISTER OF INTERNATIONA RELATION AND COOPERATION:

Whether a delegation will be sent to Libya to attend the 40th Anniversary of Muammar Gaddafi’s reign; if not, why not; if so, (a) who will represent South Africa in this delegation, (b) how long will the delegation be in Libya, (c) what is the estimated cost of the visit and (d) what is South Africa’s foreign policy towards Libya? NW1355E

REPLY:

a) No.

b) South Africa was represented at the celebrations by the South African Ambassador in Tripoli, Ambassador Jeremiah Ndou.

b) Not applicable

c) Not Applicable

d) South Africa has maintained cordial relations with Libya since the establishment of diplomatic relations in 1995. A Joint Bilateral Commission (JBC) was inaugurated in 2005 during the official visit to Libya of former President Mbeki. South Africa supports the integration of Libya into the international political arena following the removal of sanctions.

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