Minister of International Relations and Cooperation, Dr Naledi Pandor, will visit People’s Democratic Republic of Algeria and Saharawi Arab Democratic Republic from 13-14 November 2021.
These visits are for strengthening already existing good political relations formed during struggle against colonialism and apartheid.
In the People’s Democratic Republic of Algeria, the minister will discuss matters of mutual bilateral; regional and multilateral interest with her Algerian counterpart, H.E. Ramtane Lamamra, Minister of Foreign Affairs and the National Community Abroad.
The two ministers will review implementation Binational Commission between the two countries. They will also exchange views on regional and international issues of mutual interest.
Relations between SA and Algeria concluded in cooperation structured framework in Ministerial Joint Bi-National Commission (JBC) of Co-operation in 1998.
JBC upgraded to Bi-National Commission at Presidential level in 2000, signifying bilateral relations between the two countries.
In the Saharawi Arab Democratic Republic, Minister Pandor is expected to hold bilateral discussions with Foreign Affairs Minister, H.E. Mohamed Salem Ould Salek.
Furthermore, three minister will reaffirm South Africa’s continued support for the inalienable rights of Western Sahara people to self-determination.
The two ministers will also exchange views on strengthening relations between the two countries on issues of mutual interest.
At the invitation of her Saharawi Arab Democratic Republic, Minister Pandor will also visit Saharawi refugee camps and historical sites.
SA maintained a principled position before UN and AU on self-determination for Saharawi people according to UN’s Charter.