Media Statement

11 November 2018

Deputy Minister Landers to undertake an official visit to the Kingdom of Spain

The Deputy Minister of International Relations and Cooperation, Mr Luwellyn Landers, will undertake an official visit to the Kingdom of Spain to co-chair the 12th South Africa- Spain Annual Consultations with his counterpart, the Spanish Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs, Mr. Fernando Martín Valenzuela Marzo scheduled for 12 November 2018.

The Annual Consultations are divided into Working Groups, namely: Foreign Affairs and Human Rights, led by the Department of International Relations and Cooperation; and Economy, Energy and Culture, led by the Department of Trade and Industry.

Bilateral relations between the two countries are serviced through the South Africa-Spain Annual Consultations held at Deputy Ministerial level and anchored through a Memorandum of Understanding signed in 2000.

The Spanish Government views South Africa as an important and essential role player in Africa, and as such, South Africa is the only country in Sub-Saharan Africa with which Spain has a structured bilateral engagement. The last Annual Consultations were held in South Africa on 28 -29 September 2017, co-chaired by Deputy Minister Luwellyn Landers and the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs and Cooperation, Mr Ildefonso Castro López.

Enquiries: Mr Ndivhuwo Mabaya, MabayaN@dirco.gov.za / 083 645 7838

ISSUED BY THE DEPARTMENT OF INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS AND COOPERATION

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