Media Statement

31 July 2017

Deputy Minister Mfeketo in Iran on an official visit

The Deputy Minister of International Relations and Cooperation, Ms Nomaindiya Mfeketo, is in Tehran, Islamic Republic of Iran, where she is scheduled to meet her counterpart, Dr Jaberi Ansari, today (31 July 2017). The meeting will take place within the framework of the South Africa-Iran Deputy Ministerial Working Group (DMWG), which provides oversight in monitoring and guiding bilateral political and economic relations between the two countries.

The DMWG remains an important diplomatic instrument as part of the South Africa - Iran Joint Commission to consolidate and elevate bilateral political, economic and people to people relations between South Africa and Iran into a substantive strategic partnership that will benefit both countries and its peoples.

The DMWG ensures regular high level bilateral dialogue to implement decisions of the SA-Iran Joint Commission and the role of the DMWG in monitoring and guiding agreed upon bilateral projects.

The DMWG will review global and regional peace, security and stability challenges in relation to international terrorism and the serious threat of extremist violence to human security. The Parties cooperate as part of a credible and constructive international effort to end the conflict in Syria and for the humanitarian devastation to be addressed internationally and regionally as a matter of extreme urgency. The DMWG will also explore ways to address the Palestinian question and for serious dialogue and negotiations to commence aimed at implementing a lasting, fair and just solution.

Enquiries: Mr Clayson Monyela, 082 884 5974

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