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Minister of State Cannon hosts inaugural Ministerial South Africa-Ireland Joint Commission

Minister of State Cannon hosts inaugural Ministerial South Africa-Ireland Joint Commission for Cooperation in Dublin

On Tuesday 5 November, Minister of State for the Diaspora and International Development, Ciarán Cannon, T.D., hosted the Deputy Minister of International Relations and Cooperation of the Republic of South Africa, Alvin Botes, for the inaugural Ministerial meeting of the South Africa-Ireland Joint Commission for Cooperation.

Speaking after the meeting, Minister Cannon said:

“Our discussions today reaffirmed the warm and strengthening relationship between Ireland and South Africa. We had an excellent exchange on African and EU issues. We agreed on the importance of multilateralism, the international rule of law, and the promotion and protection of human rights, where Ireland and South Africa have a strong history of cooperation on the international stage. I congratulated Minister Botes on South Africa’s tenure on the UN Security Council, and in particular its successful chairing of the Council last month”.

During today’s meeting, Minister Cannon discussed with Minister Botes key developments in Europe and Africa, while representatives of government Ministries from both countries reported significant progress on agreed areas of bilateral cooperation, including agriculture, education, science, technology and trade.

The meeting recalled the successful celebration of 25 years of diplomatic relations in 2018, during which a range of commemorative events were held celebrating the historic links and strong modern relationship between Ireland and South Africa.


Note to Editors:

The Joint Commission was established with the aim of deepening the commitment of Ireland and South Africa to strong bilateral cooperation across a range political, economic and social development issues, through the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding in 2017.

This high level Joint Commission meets every second year. This format for bilateral consultations is a reflection of the breadth and depth of the relationship and a strong commitment to cooperate to strengthen it further.

Press Office
5 November 2019 

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