SA foreign policy focused on Africa

2011-05-31 13:16
Cape Town - South Africa's foreign policy will continue to focus on promoting the integration of the Southern African Development Community (SADC), the unity and renewal of the African continent, and south-south co-operation, MPs heard on Tuesday.

Speaking in the National Assembly during debate on her budget vote, International Relations and Co-operation Minister Maite Nkoana-Mashabane said another priority was working with other countries for a global system of governance that was democratic and responsive to the interests and aspirations of developing countries.

"Using bilateral and multilateral diplomacy our programmes on the continent and in the world have been aligned to our national priorities.

"In the area of peace and stability we continue to support SADC mediation efforts aimed at assisting the people of Madagascar to return that country to constitutional order," she said.

South Africa would also continue to work together with the Democratic Republic of Congo as it moved towards its second presidential elections scheduled for November.

"On Zimbabwe, we call on all parties to spare no effort to continue with the finalisation of the implementation of the GPA [global political agreement] and encourage them to conclude discussions on the roadmap towards holding elections, free and fair and peaceful," Nkoana-Mashabane said.

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