Press Release

06 December 2012

President Zuma to attend SADC Extra-Ordinary Summit in Tanzania

His Excellency President Jacob Zuma will travel to the United Republic of Tanzania to take part in the SADC Extra-Ordinary Summit, scheduled to take place on 07-08 December 2012 in Dar es Salaam.

Extra-Ordinary SADC Summits are called to consider urgent and pressing peace and security matters that threaten the essence of regional cooperation and integration, especially issues relating to regional peace and stability.

Tanzania is the current Chair of the SADC Organ on Politics, Defence and Security Cooperation, whilst the Republics of South Africa and Namibia complete the Troika of the Organ.  The Republic of Mozambique assumed the position of Chair of SADC in August 2012 and is supported by Angola and Malawi as other members of the SADC Troika.

The issues to be considered by the Troika, the Double Troika and the full Summit include the crisis in the eastern part of the DRC. The Extra-Ordinary Summit is also expected to discuss the situations in Madagascar and Zimbabwe.

South Africa will be expected to report on the facilitation process in the Republic of Zimbabwe whilst the Chair of SADC will report to the Summit on the mediation process in Madagascar.

President Zuma will be supported by International Relations and Cooperation Minister Maite Nkoana-Mashabane.

Enquiries: Mac Maharaj on 079 879 3203

Issued by: The Presidency





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