Media Statement

26 May 2016

Minister Nkoana-Mashabane to participate in the 15th Africa-Nordic Ministerial Meeting in the Kingdom of Norway

The Minister of International Relations and Cooperation, Ms Maite Nkoana-Mashabane, arrived today in the Kingdom of Norway where she will participate in the 15th Africa-Nordic Meeting of Foreign Ministers scheduled for  26-27 May 2016 in Oslo.

The 15th Africa-Nordic Ministerial Meeting will take place under the theme: "Foreign and security policy at a crossroads: Ensuring stability and prosperity in a new security landscape."

It is expected that the 15th meeting will build on the partnerships and collaboration between the African and Nordic countries.

The first Africa-Nordic Ministerial Meeting, which took place in Sweden in 2000, was initiated as an informal, but frank forum for political exchange, focussing primarily on pertinent development issues, particularly related to Africa.

The last Africa-Nordic Ministerial Meeting was hosted by Minister Nkoana-Mashabane in Limpopo on 9-10 April 2015 under the theme: "The Africa We Want: Partnership towards Agenda 2063."

The annual Africa-Nordic Ministerial meetings are thus aimed at reinforcing the historical solidarity of friendship and cooperation that exist between the governments and people of Africa and the Nordic countries.

Enquiries: Mr Clayson Monyela, Spokesperson for DIRCO, 082 884 5974


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