Media Remarks by Minister Nkoana-Mashabane after the conclusion of Bilateral Talks with the Brazilian Minister of External Relations, Mr Aloysio Nunes Ferreira, 15 May 2017, OR Tambo Building, Pretoria
Good afternoon ladies and gentlemen of the media
Today I received and hosted my counterpart, the Brazilian Minister of External Relations, Mr Aloysio Nunes Ferreira, on a Working Visit to Pretoria.
The Minister is accompanied by a high-level business delegation that is currently meeting with their counterparts here in Pretoria.
In our meeting, I congratulated Minister Nunes Ferreira on his appointment as Minister of External Relations of Brazil on 07 March 2017.
We both reaffirmed the Strategic Partnership between South Africa and Brazil, which spans country-to-country cooperation, cooperation through inter-regional mechanisms and at the global level.
Amongst other issues we discussed the following:
- The need to strengthen and expand the levels of trade and investment between the two countries
- People to people contact
- Regional issues including SADC, progress on the MERCOSUR/SACU trade agreement, BRICS and IBSA;
- Our shared commitment to continue to work together on global matters, particularly in advancing the South-South cooperation.
In conclusion, we reaffirmed the warm relations between our two countries and our desire to continue to collaborate on matters of mutual interest.
I would now like to give this opportunity to Minister Nunes Ferreira to deliver his remarks.
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