Media Statement

10 May 2015

Minister Maite Nkoana-Mashabane arrives in Tehran for the 12th Meeting of the SA-Iran Joint Commission

The Minister of International Relations and Cooperation, Ms Maite Nkoana-Mashabane, has arrived in Tehran, Islamic Republic of Iran, where she is leading and South African delegation to the Twelfth Meeting of the South Africa-Iran Joint Commission, scheduled for 10-11 May 2015.

The Joint Commission remains one of South Africa’s longest-serving and most successful structured bilateral mechanisms. The twelfth session will afford the two countries the opportunity to engage in deliberations related to geo-political and peace and security developments in their respective regions, to review the status of bilateral relations and to assess the potential for enhanced cooperation. South Africa and Iran enjoy cooperation across varied fields, including arts and culture, agriculture, education and health, and the potential for the expansion thereof remains positive.

South Africa considers Iran to be an important friend and partner and recognizes the important role Iran assumes regionally and internationally within global governance and multilateral architecture, particularly as the incumbent Chair of the Non-Aligned Movement (NAM).

The delegation led by Minister Nkoana-Mashabane includes the Deputy Minister of Trade and Industry, Mr Mzwandile Masina, as well as senior government officials from the Departments of Energy, Treasury, Water and Sanitation, as well as Science and Technology.

For further information please contact Mr Clayson Monyela, spokesperson for DIRCO on 082 884 5974


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