Media Statement

18 January 2018

Deputy Minister Landers to pay official visit to Madagascar

Deputy Minister of the Department of International Relations and Cooperation, Luwellyn Landers will tomorrow, Saturday, 19 January 2019, attend the Inauguration of President-elect Andry Rajoelina in Antananarivo, representing President Cyril Ramaphosa and the people of South Africa.

In a statement on 9 January, President Ramaphosa congratulated Madagascar for running a successful election and wished President-elect Mr Rajoelina well in his term as the president of Madagascar. He also praised both leaders, Mr Rajoelina and Marc Ravalomanana who were candidates in the runoff presidential election, for working together to ensure that the interests of the people of Madagascar came first.

“South Africa strongly supports national reconciliation, socio-economic development and a lasting political solution in Madagascar. Flowing from our history of struggle to achieve an inclusive and democratic constitutional order, we will continue to work within SADC and with other international partners to support the people and government of Madagascar”, said President Ramaphosa.

Deputy Minister Landers will use his visit to Antananarivo to strengthen bilateral and socio-economic relations between the two countries. 
The Deputy Minister is scheduled to have bilateral meetings with various high level members of the Malagasy government.

Madagascar and South Africa have strong bilateral relations and currently have a Memorandum of Understanding  (MoU) on Regular Diplomatic Consultations which covers various areas of cooperation such as political, security, economic and social issues of mutual interest.

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

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