Maduro’s visit to South Africa, according to a statement from the presidency of the African country, seeks to further strengthen relations with Caracas
The Presidency of the Republic of South Africa reported this Monday, November 28, that the Venezuelan president, Nicolás Maduro, will arrive on a state visit to that country on December 6 to meet in Pretoria with his counterpart, Cyril Ramaphosa.
In the release published on the official website of the South African Presidency indicates that the official visit that Maduro will make is intended to consolidate “the already solid relations” between the two countries and will seek to strengthen concrete actions of mutual benefit.
In September, South Africa’s Deputy Minister of International Relations and Cooperation, Alvis Botes, visited Venezuela in order to prepare Maduro’s trip to Pretoria and discuss opportunities to cooperate in various areas such as agribusiness, blue economy, energy, mining, and pharmaceuticals.
Maduro and Ramaphosa spoke at the beginning of November in the framework of COP27 that was held in Egypt and there they discussed the issue of bilateral cooperation.
Members of the media are invited to apply for accreditation for the State Visit by President Nicolas Maduro Moros of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela to be held on Tuesday, December 06, 2022 in Pretoria. https://t.co/e8QYsXjUEt
— Presidency | South Africa 🇿🇦 (@PresidencyZA) November 28, 2022
Relations between Venezuela and South Africa were established in 1993 but it was not until 2007 when a memorandum of understanding was signed between the two countries. A year later, a Macro Cooperation Agreement was established in the areas of energy, mining, agriculture, and social and cultural activities.
Since 2020, they have maintained a series of agreements that were signed in the Venezuela-South Africa Business Forum where alliances focused on various commercial areas were created.
Already at the end of July 2022, Maduro received at the Miraflores Palace the credentials of the South African ambassador, Lindiwe Michelle Maseko, to replace Joseph Muzi Khehla Nkosi.
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