Zuma celebrates Guebuza's inauguration

Thursday, January 14, 2010

Pretoria - President Jacob Zuma has joined the people of Mozambique to celebrate the inauguration of President-elect Armando Guebuza.

"We are here to celebrate along with the people of Mozambique as they mark this important milestone in their democracy. This is further testament of the entrenchment of democracy in Southern Africa," said Zuma.

The President is accompanied by Minister of International Relations and Cooperation, Maite Nkoana Mashabane.

The two are attending the ceremony with the view to strengthen the African Agenda as well as give concrete expression to regional cooperation.

Guebuza, who first came into power in 2005, won a re-election in November last year. His ruling Frelimo Party has been in power since 1975.

Zuma at the time said he hoped the warm and close ties between South Africa and Mozambique would continue to prosper during Guebuza's new term of office.

South Africa and Mozambique already share excellent, historic and neighbourly relations that have over the years been further solidified through the South Africa/ Mozambique Heads of State Economic Bilateral as well as the Joint Permanent Commission for Cooperation and SADC among others.

President Zuma will also attend the SADC Double Troika Summit, taking place in Maputo this afternoon.

Among other things, the summit will consider reports on progress with respect to developments in Lesotho, Madagascar and Zimbabwe.