Media statement

25 August  2015

Minister Nkoana-Mashabane concludes successful working visit to Mauritania

At the invitation of Her Excellency Vatma Vall Mint Soueina, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation of the Islamic Republic of Mauritania, Her Excellency Maite Nkoana-Mashabane, Minister of International Relations and Cooperation of the Republic of South Africa, undertook a working visit to the Islamic Republic of Mauritania on 24 August 2015.

During the visit, the Minister was received in audience by His Excellency Mohamed Ould Abdel Aziz, President of the Islamic Republic of Mauritania and conveyed the brotherly greetings of the President of the Republic of South Africa, His Excellency Jacob Zuma.

The Minister also held courtesy meetings with His Excellency Mr Yahya Ould Hademine, Prime Minister of Mauritania and Ms Khadijetou M’Bareck Fall, Minister-delegate for African and Maghreb Affairs at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation.

The Ministers discussed the status of bilateral relations between South Africa and Mauritania and conducted the signing of Agreement on the Establishment of a Joint Commission of Cooperation, as well as a Memorandum of Understanding on Regular Bilateral Consultations.

The two Ministers also had an opportunity to discuss a broad range of regional and international matters of mutual concern and interest.  Some of these discussions focussed on matters of peace and security in the Sahel and North African regions.  South Africa regards Mauritania as an important partner in the advancement of the African agenda as well as an important member of the Sahel and Maghreb regions.

Minister Nkoana-Mashabane also extended an invitation to her counterpart to pay an official visit to South Africa, which she accepted. The aim of the visit will be to inaugurate the Joint Commission of Cooperation which was signed during the working visit. The date of the visit will be determined through the diplomatic channel.

Minister Nkoana-Mashabane is currently on a working visit to the Republic of Niger.

ISSUED BY THE DEPARTMENT OF INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS AND COOPERATION

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