Motlanthe to travel to Sudan on working visit

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Pretoria - Deputy President Kgalema Motlanthe is expected to undertake a working visit to Sudan later this week.

Supported by Monitoring and Evaluation Minister in the Presidency, Collins Chabane and senior government officials, Motlanthe will be in Sudan from Wednesday to Saturday.

The Deputy President 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 on Post Conflict Reconstruction and Development,

The three will also discuss the 2010 election a national referendum, governance experiences and other matters related to the implementation of the Sudan Comprehensive Peace Agreement (CPA).

This follows the recent visit by President Salva Kiir Mayadirt of the Government of South Sudan to South Africa to discuss similar issues.

Motlanthe's visit takes place within the context of the advancement of the African agenda and South Africa's commitment to assist the Sudanese people in the efforts to restore peace and to contribute to the post-conflict reconstruction of Sudan.

South Africa and Sudan enjoy strong bilateral relations as symbolised by various projects at various levels of government.

At national level, South Africa and Sudan convene Joint Bilateral Commission sessions at both ministerial and senior official's 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.

It has further deployed troops and civilian police in Darfur as part of the United Nations African Union Mission in Darfur (UNAMID). South Africa is the Chair of the African Union (AU) Ministerial Commission on Post-Conflict Reconstruction and Development of the Sudan.

South Africa supports the work of the AU High Level Panel on Darfur whose report was presented at the AU Liaison Office in Khartoum.

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