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Motlanthe firms ties with Guinea-Bissau

Sep 01 2011 09:20 Sapa

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Johannesburg - Deputy President Kgalema Motlanthe is satisfied that his diplomatic visit to the Republic of Guinea-Bissau has strengthened ties between the two countries, the presidency said on Thursday.

"The delegations expressed their intention to strengthen bilateral trade relations and committed to the speedy conclusion of the Reciprocal Promotion and Protection of Investment Agreement," said spokesperson Terrence Manase in a statement.

Motlante visited Guinea-Bissau on Tuesday and Wednesday with a delegation to reaffirm diplomatic ties.

During the visit, it was resolved that a joint bilateral co-operation commission should be established as soon as possible.

The advantages of co-operation between the countries in the field of health was also discussed and an agreement to this effect was signed by the relevant ministers.

A trilateral agreement including Cuba was proposed in the form of the Nelson Mandela, Fidel Castro, Amilcar Cabral Trilateral Co-operation Project. This project would enhance capacity and training at the Raul Diaz Arguelles Faculty of Medicine in the Republic of Guinea-Bissau.

During the visit Motlanthe visited Amura Fortress, where he laid a wreath at the mausoleum of Amilcar Cabral, the founder of the Guinean nation. He paid tribute to the heroes of the liberation struggle.

Motlanthe paid a courtesy call to President Malam Bacai Sanhá of the Republic of Guinea-Bissau.

"South Africa committed itself to continued support for the government's efforts to strengthen stability, consolidation of democracy, and sustainable development in the republic...," said Manase.

Both countries agreed there was a need to increase the number of African members of the United Nations Security Council.

They also urged Libyan leaders to engage in dialogue as recommended in the 'Roadmap of the African Contact Group'.

The South African delegation agreed to assess a request to assist the electoral process of Guinea-Bissau. 

kgalema motlanthe  |  guinea bissau  |  sa economy
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