South Africa VP begins Sudan visit tomorrow.October 21, 2009 (KHARTOUM) -- The South African Vice president Kgalema Motlanthe will arrive in Sudan tomorrow on a two day state visit, according to state media.
Kgalema Petros Motlanthe, Deputy President of South Africa The Deputy President of South Africa acts as President of South Africa when the President is outside the country's borders, unable to fulfill the duties of the office, or when the Presidency is vacant. The Deputy President is also a member of the National Assembly and the Cabinet. (AFP (1) (AppleTalk Filing Protocol) The file sharing protocol used in an AppleTalk network. In order for non-Apple networks to access data in an AppleShare server, their protocols must translate into the AFP language. See file sharing protocol. )
Sudan official news agency (SUNA) said that Motlanthe will meet with president Omer Hassan Al-Bashir, 2nd Vice President Ali Osman Taha Ali Osman Taha (also transliterated "Othman" or "Uthman") is the second Vice President of Sudan from August, 2005 to the present. He held the position of first First Vice President from 1998 to August 2005. and presidential adviser Mustafa Osman Ismail Mustafa Osman Ismail (born 1955 in Dongola, Sudan) was the foreign minister of Sudan from 18 February 1998 to 18 September 2005.
His main job as foreign minister was to be the government's main spokesman in diplomatic efforts to solve the Sudanese civil wars. . Motlanthe will also meet with Sudan electoral board commission Abel Alier and visit the International University of Africa. It was not immediately clear if the South African official will make a stop in South Sudan. The South African Department of International Relations and Cooperation issued a press release saying that Motlanthe will hold discussions with his counterparts in the Government of the South Sudan (GoSS) Riek Machar. "The 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 the Sudan. South Africa and the Sudan enjoy strong bilateral relations as symbolized by various projects at various levels of government. At national level, South Africa and the Sudan convene Joint Bilateral Commission (JBC) sessions at both Ministerial and Senior Officials level" the South African foreign ministry said. "South Africa is also involved in governance training Programmes to capacitate ca·pac·i·tate
tr.v. ca·pac·i·tat·ed, ca·pac·i·tat·ing, ca·pac·i·tates
1. To render fit or make qualified; enable.
2. 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 United Nations African Union Mission in Darfur (UNAMID) is a joint African Union and UN peacekeeping mission formally approved by United Nations Security Council Resolution 1769 on 31 July 2007 to bring stability to the war-torn Darfur region of Sudan while peace talks (UNAMID UNAMID United Nations - African Union Mission in Darfur ). South Africa is the Chair of the AU Ministerial Commission on Post-Conflict Reconstruction and Development 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. (ST)
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