President Jacob Zuma to attend Mozambique President elect inauguration
11 January 2010
Pretoria: South African President Jacob Zuma, supported by Minister of International Relations and cooperation, Ms Maite Nkoana Mashabane, will attend the inauguration ceremony of the President-elect Mr Armando Emilo Guebuza in Maputo, Mozambique.
Thus, the participation of President Zuma and Minister Nkoana–Mashabane at the inauguration ceremony will further strengthen the African agenda as well as give concrete expression to regional cooperation.
Strong relations between South Africa and Mozambique find expression through the SA/Mozambique Heads of State Economic Bilateral as well as the Joint Permanent Commission for Cooperation. Mozambique has been and continues to be an active participant within Southern African Development Community (SADC) as well as in the implementation of the New Partnership for Africa's Development (Nepad) within the African Union.
Both countries have over some time been able to play a critical role in ensuring that Africa remains on the developmental agenda within multilateral institutions.
President Zuma also indicated in his congratulatory speech to President–elect Guebuza that ‘South Africa reconfirms her appreciation of the excellent, historic and neighbourly relations that exist between our two countries and between its peoples and It was his profound wish that these warm and close ties continue to prosper during President–elect Armando Guebuza’s new term in Office,” concluded President Zuma.
Media is invited to attend as follows
Date: 14 January 2010
Media is advised to arrive at 09:30
Venue: Independence Square, Maputo, Mozambique
Media interested in covering the event are requested to send details i.e. name and surname, media house, identity document/passport no. to:
Cell: 082 675 0893
Chief Director for Public Diplomacy, Saul Kgomotso Molobi
Cell: 082 940 1647.
Issued by: Department of International Relations and Cooperation
11 January 2010