Press Release

29 April 2013

President Jacob Zuma congratulates Italian Prime Minister

On behalf of the Government and the People of the Republic of South Africa, His Excellency President Jacob Zuma has congratulated the new Prime Minister of Italy, Mr Enrico Letta, following the formation of a new coalition government on 28 April 2013.

Prime Minister Letta succeeds Prime Minister Mario Monti, who under his leadership, Italy has carried out difficult but necessary reforms.

President Zuma wished Prime Minister Letta well in his new position, and reconfirmed his appreciation of the warm and close relations and to further strengthen the special relationship that exist between South Africa and Italy and their people.

To promote a balanced international order respectful of human rights, strengthen the intercultural dialogue and support sustainable, fair development are goals we share. In these challenging times for the international community, it is more necessary than ever for South Africa and Italy to combine their efforts to achieve them.

The South African government is looking forward to working with the new government in consolidating and strengthening political and economic relations that exist between the two countries.

Letta took the oath of office at a ceremony attended by President Giorgio Napolitano who was himself recently inaugurated to a second term, and a cadre of 21 Cabinet Ministers on Sunday, 28 April 2013.

President Zuma looks forward to working closely with Prime Minister Letta and President Napolitano as our two countries jointly seek to promote trade; employment creation and continuing our cooperation on issues of international importance such as Africa and its development, and to tackle the global challenges.

President Zuma wishes Prime Minister Letta every success in his new role.

For further information, please contact Mr Clayson Monyela, Spokesperson for DIRCO, on +27 82 884 5974

Issued by the Department of International Relations and Cooperation

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