SA, DRC review bilateral relations

Friday, August 10, 2018

President Cyril Ramaphosa has visited the Democratic Republic of Congo to hold bilateral talks with his counterpart, President Joseph Kabila Kabange.

This was President Ramaphosa's first visit to the DRC since his election as President of the Republic of South Africa in February 2018.

Friday’s visit was part of President Ramaphosa’s courtesy call to SADC member States.

The Heads of State exchanged views on bilateral relations between the two countries, the evolution of the political, electoral and security situation in the DRC, as well as various issues of regional interest.

The visit followed a successful working visit to the Republic of Zambia, where both President Ramaphosa and his counterpart, President Edgar Lungu, held bilateral discussions on cooperation; political and security developments in the region and continent, as well as global issues of mutual concern.

“Both President Ramaphosa and President Lungu witnessed the signing of an agreement on the establishment of the Bi-National Commission (BNC) between the Republic of South Africa and the Republic of Zambia,” said the Presidency in a statement.

The agreement elevates the Joint Commission for Cooperation (JCC) into a Bi-National Commission and it will promote and enhance cooperation in various sectors of government and coordinate the relevant initiatives between public and private sectors. 

The commission will be chaired jointly by the President of South Africa and the President of Zambia.

President Ramaphosa was accompanied the Minister of International Relations and Cooperation, Lindiwe Sisulu and the Minister of State Security, Dipuo Letsatsi-Duba and other senior government officials. –