Zuma concludes Botswana visit

2015-08-18 21:07


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Johannesburg - President Jacob Zuma has concluded his visit to Gaborone, Botswana for the 35th Southern African Development Community (SADC) summit, the Presidency said on Tuesday. 

At the summit, Botswana took over the role of SADC chair from Zimbabwe, while Mozambique assumed the chair of the SADC organ on politics, defence and security co-operation from South Africa. 

"The summit reviewed the state of peace, security and stability in the region, paying particular attention to the political and security situation in the Kingdom of Lesotho," the Presidency said in a statement. 

"In this regard, South Africa delivered its handover report to the SADC summit as chair of the SADC organ on politics, defence and security c-ooperation for the period August 2014 to August 2015." 

The summit concluded with the signing of several agreements or protocols. 

These included the agreement amending the Protocol on Politics, Defence and Security Co-operation and the agreement amending the Treaty of the Southern African Development Community.

"The amendment of the protocol and the treaty seek to allow the inter-state defence and security committee of the organ on politics, defence and security co-operation to serve as a co-ordinating forum for the chiefs of corrections and prisons in Southern Africa," the Presidency said. 

There was also a declaration on youth development and empowerment. 

"The aim of the declaration is to draw the attention and commitment of SADC heads of state and government to the urgency of youth development and empowerment in the context of regional cooperation, integration, development and peace and security in the region."

Zuma was accompanied at the summit by Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa, International Relations Minister Maite Nkoana-Mashabane, Trade and Industry Minister Rob Davies, State Security Minister David Mahlobo and Deputy Finance Minister Mcebisi Jonas.

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