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South Africa and Venezuela strengthen relations

10 July 2018

South African Minister of International Relations and Cooperation Ms Lindiwe Sisulu met with the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela, Mr J Arreaza on 6 July in Pretoria.

Following the meeting Minister Sisulu said that fruitful discussions were held and which they intend to take forward, both bilaterally and on the multilateral fora.

Photo: (l-r) Minister Sisulu, Minister Arreaza and Ambassador Moreno Merida (GCIS)

Minister Sisulu said that she received a briefing from Minister Arreaza  on the developments in Venezuela on wide ranging matters, including the elections held recently as well as the regional socio-political dynamics.

In turn Minister Sisulu briefed Minister Arreaza on South Africa’s continued commitment to Africa, its involvement beyond the region, including among others, its chairship of SADC, IORA and BRICS.

"We also extended our gratitude to Venezuela, as one of the countries who supported us in our assumption of the third term to the position of non-permanent member of the United Nations Security Council (UNSC).

"We have acknowledged that there is potential for both countries to find common ground on which to continue to strengthen the existing bilateral relationship between South Africa and Venezuela, specifically on the areas of Trade and Investment; Agriculture; Energy; Transport; Mining, Tourism and consular matters as the identified areas of focus for the relationship," said Minister Sisulu.  

 

 

(Photo): Ambassadors and friends of Venezuela join Minister Arreaza and Ambassador Mairin Moreno Merida at the wreath laying ceremony

Minister Sisulu congratulated the people of Venezuela on the celebration of the 207th Anniversary of Venezuela's Independence which is celebrated on 5 July. On this occasion Ambassador Mairin Moreno Merida of Venezuela in South Africa hosted a wreath laying ceremony at the bust of Simon Bolivar, the great liberator of Latin America, at the Pretoria Art Museum. Minister Arreaza was present at this ceremony.

 


 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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