Press Release

28 February 2014

Minister Nkoana-Mashabane arrives in Indonesia for a conference on Palestine

International Relations and Cooperation Minister Maite Nkoana-Mashabane has today, 28 February 2014, arrived in Jakarta, the Republic of Indonesia on a working visit.

The Minister will co-Chair the Second Conference on Cooperation Among East Asian Countries for Palestinian Development (CEAPAD II), under the NAASP banner, scheduled for 01 March 2014 in Jakarta.

CEAPAD is a platform for East Asian countries to make an active contribution to the Middle East peace process, to strengthen cooperation with Palestine and support its nation-building efforts.

One of the outcomes expected from the Conference is the re-launching of a second period of the New Africa-Asia Strategic Partnership (NAASP) Capacity-Building Programme on Palestine from 2014-2019.

Since its inception in 2005, South Africa and Indonesia have taken the lead as the respective continental Co-Chairs of the NAASP process, including the holding of the Conference on Capacity-Building for Palestine in Jakarta on 14 July 2008.  Almost 220 participants from 56 countries took part in the Conference.  The time-frame for the initiative was from 2008-2013.

In this regard, Indonesian Foreign Minister R.M. Marty M Natalegawa invited Minister Nkoana-Mashabane, as well as Palestinian Foreign Minister, H.E Riad Maliki, to undertake official visits to Indonesia, coinciding with this NAASP initiative. Minister Natalegawa expressed the view that the presence of all three Ministers will add political momentum to “the building of partnerships in support of Palestine’s nation-building efforts.”

It is expected that Minister Nkoana-Mashabane will hold bilateral talks with her Indonesian and Palestinian counterparts on the side-lines of the conference to discuss  bilateral issues and current developments in the Middle East.

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