Actions taken by the Department of International Relations and Cooperation to enhance improved diplomatic relations between South Africa and Nigeria
NATIONAL COUNCIL OF PROVINCES
FOR WRITTEN REPLY
QUESTION NO: 31 (CO37E)
PUBLISHED IN INTERNAL QUESTION PAPER NO: 1-2015 OF 26 FEBRUARY 2015
Mr L G Mokoena (EFF-FS) to ask the Minister of International Relations and Cooperation:
1) What actions has her department taken to improve diplomatic relations between South Africa and Nigeria (details furnished)? CO37E
South Africa and Nigeria maintain good bilateral relations. Relations between the two countries are conducted under the auspices of the Bi-National Commission (BNC) chaired by the respective Deputy/Vice Presidents. The 10th Session of the BNC is due to be held in 2015 on a date to be confirmed.
President Goodluck Jonathan paid a State Visit to South Africa in May 2013. The highlight of this visit was the signing of nine bilateral Agreements/MoUs. President Zuma is also due to pay a return State visit to Nigeria on a mutually convenient date. The two leaders often meet on the margins of multilateral meetings/conferences whenever an opportunity arises.
Recently, the two countries worked very well in ensuring the safe and smooth repatriation of mortal remains of 85 South African nationals who died during the building collapse at the Synagogue Church of All Nations in Lagos, Nigeria, as well as 25 South Africans who were injured during the accident.