Monday, May 24, 2010

Zuma to attend 5th Binational Presidential Commission

By Ofentse Mokae
24 May 2010


President Jacob Zuma accompanied by six members of his cabinet leave the country today for the 5th South Africa-Algeria Presidential Binational Commission.

Zuma will hold talks with his Algerian counter-part Abdelaziz Bouteflika on various issues including strengthening relations between the two countries, enhancing African Unity and co-operation as well as the South-South co-operation among developing countries.

South Africa received immense support from Algeria during the struggle for liberation which forms the basis for the warm relations between the two countries.

Relations between the two countries have progressed well since the inception of the diplomatic relations in May 1994, and South Africa opening an Embassy in Algiers.

The Presidency says ministers accompanying Zuma will include Maite Nkoana-Mashabane, Naledi Pandor, Siphiwe Nyanda, Dipuo Peters, Buyelwa Sonjica, Susan Shabangu and Lindiwe Sisulu.

Justice Minister Jeff Radebe will act as President until Wednesday as Zuma’s deputy, Kgalema Motlanthe, is also on an official trip outside the country.

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