SA, Sudan to work closely together - Zuma

2015-02-02 07:07
President Jacob Zuma. (GCIS)

President Jacob Zuma. (GCIS)

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Johannesburg - South Africa's international relations ministry will work with its Sudanese counterparts in order to finalise an agreement for co-operation in a number of fields, President Jacob Zuma said in Khartoum on Sunday.

"Desiring to enhance and elevate the structured bilateral co-operation between South Africa and Sudan, we took an important decision to elevate the joint bilateral commission for co-operation to a ministerial level," Zuma said in a statement containing remarks he made at a media briefing in the Sudanese city.

"The main objective of the commission will be to promote political, economic and social relations between our two sister republics."

Sudan visit

Speaking at the end of a visit to Sudan where talks were held with Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir, Zuma said the relevant ministers had been directed "to work with speed to conclude an enabling agreement".

South Africa and Sudan currently had 16 bilateral agreements in fields including defence, policing, trade, agriculture, science and arts and culture.

"We have noted with appreciation the growing presence of the South African companies doing business in this beautiful country."

Zuma said more companies were encouraged to get involved for the "mutual benefit" of both South Africa and Sudan.

Conflict

South Africa had also committed itself to "playing our part" in helping resolve ongoing conflict in South Sudan.

"The people of South Sudan need peace, security, stability and development," he said.

Zuma arrived in Sudan on Saturday for the working visit.

He was accompanied by International Relations Minister Maite Nkoana-Mashabane.

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