SOUTH AFRICAN PRESIDENT TO HOLD TALKS WITH VISITING SAHRAWI PRESIDENT

PRETORIA– South African President Cyril Ramaphosa will hold talks here Tuesday when the President of the Saharawi Arab Democratic Republic, President Brahim Ghali, makes a working visit to the country.

The two Heads of State are expected to review the state of co-operation between the two countries and exchange views on issues of common interest and mutual concern, the Department of International Relations and Co-operation said in a statement here.

The department added that South Africa and the Saharawi Arab Democratic Republic enjoyed cordial and fraternal relations forged during South Africa’s struggle against colonialism and apartheid. South Africa formally recognized the Saharawi Arab Democratic Republic on Sept 15, 2004.

South Africa continues to support the inalienable right of the people of Western Sahara to self-determination and independence, the department said.

Over the years, South Africa has extended material and technical support to the cause of the people of Western Sahara. The two countries have thus far concluded agreements in the fields of diplomacy; sports development; technical co-operation; and humanitarian assistance.

President Ramaphosa will be joined in his discussion with his counterpart by Minister of International Relations and Co-operation Lindiwe Sisulu and the Minister of State Security Dipuo Letsatsi-Duba.

Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK