DEPUTY SOUTH AFRICAN F/M/ CONCLUDES SUCCESSFUL VISIT TO CENTRAL ASIA

South Africa's Deputy Minister of International Relations and Co-operation, Nomaindiya Mfeketo, has concluded a successful visit to central Asia, the Department of International Relations and Co-operation (Dirco) says.

The visit focused mainly on intensifying South Africa's relations with Kazakhstan and Turkmenistan and to explore the expansion of areas of co-operation, with specific focus on economic co-operation and academic exchanges, Dirco said in a statement here Wednesday.

While in Kazakhstan, Mfeketo co-chaired the fifth round of bilateral consultations with her Kazakh counterpart, Akylbek Kamaldinov.

The two countries see their mutually beneficial relationship as having greater scope for expansion and closer co-operation in key areas such as trade, the statement added.

While in Kazakhstan, Mfeketo met representatives of Kazakhstan businesses in order to highlight opportunities for those looking to expand into South Africa and Africa.

In Turkmenistan, Mfeketo held bilateral talks with her counterpart, Berdi Myatiev, and exchanged views on how the two countries can further strengthen their relations.

South Africa views Turkmenistan as potentially an important partner in the central Asian region.

The people-to-people relationship spans many years and Turkmenistan, like Kazakhstan, is recognized for its solidarity with the people of South Africa during the liberation struggle era.

Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK.

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