Media Statement

06 May 2016

Visit to South Africa by the Deputy President of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela, Mr Aristóbulo Istύriz

The Deputy President of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela, Mr Aristóbulo Istύriz will visit South Africa on from 8 to 10 May 2016 on a working visit. South Africa will be the start of Deputy President Istύriz’ agenda of working visits to the BRICS countries.  During his visit he will meet with his counterpart, Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa and also pay a courtesy call on President Jacob Zuma.

Venezuela remains a strategic country to South Africa and will be hosting the Non-Aligned Movement (NAM) Summit in September 2016. It is therefore possible that the two Deputy Presidents will discuss amongst other things the economic cooperation between the two countries. The visit also aims to continue the consolidation of diplomatic ties that already exist.

South Africa and Venezuela have always maintained strong political relations. Diplomatic relations were established in 1993 and in 1995 Venezuela opened its Embassy in Pretoria. South Africa opened its Embassy in Caracas in January 1998.

Venezuela plays an important role in the region and is a member of the Union of South American Nations (UNASUR), The Bolivarian Alliance for the Peoples of our America (ALBA) and the proprietor of the PetroCaribe initiative.

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

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