Deputy President arrives in Sudan

Thursday, October 22, 2009

Pretoria - Deputy President Kgalema Motlanthe has arrived in Sudan for a three-day working visit.

The Deputy President, accompanied by Minister of Monitoring and Evaluation in the Presidency Collins Chabane, is expected to hold discussions with his counterparts in the Government of the South Sudan Dr Ali Osman Taha and Dr Riek Machar Teny in the Government of Southern Sudan.

Discussions are expected to focus on the country's Post Conflict Reconstruction and Development, the 2010 election and the national referendum, governance experiences and other matters related to the implementation of the Sudan Comprehensive Peace Agreement.

The visit takes place within the context of the advancement of the African agenda and South Africa's commitment to assisting the Sudanese people in restoring peace and contributing to the post-conflict reconstruction of the Sudan.

South Africa has been taken a keen interest in Sudan's North-South peace process and Darfur and pledged readiness to help ongoing efforts for peace in the country, the Department of International Relations and Cooperation said.

South Africa and the Sudan enjoy strong bilateral relations as symbolized by various projects at various levels of government, the department said.

At national level, South Africa and the Sudan convene Joint Bilateral Commission sessions at both Ministerial and Senior Officials level.

South Africa is also involved in governance training programmes to capacitate Southern Sudanese Officials within the context of the Capacity and Institution Building Project for Southern Sudan.

South Africa has also deployed troops and civilian police in Darfur as part of the United Nations African Union Mission in Darfur, the country is also the chair of the AU Ministerial Commission on Post-Conflict Reconstruction and Development of the Sudan.

Deputy President Motlanthe is expected to return to South Africa on Saturday.