World Bulletin/News Desk
Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas is scheduled to arrive in South Africa on Wednesday for a state visit, during which he will hold talks with President Jacob Zuma.
"President Abbas will conduct bilateral discussions with President Zuma on issues of mutual interest and common concern [including] bilateral relations between South Africa and Palestine, the Middle East peace process, as well as other multilateral issues," according to a statement issued by South Africa's Department of International Relations and Cooperation.
The department noted that bilateral relations between Palestine and South Africa were largely conducted through a Joint Commission of Cooperation established in 1995.
The department added that nine bilateral cooperation agreements had already been signed, with another three expected during Abbas' upcoming visit, including one for the establishment of a new joint cooperation commission.
"The overall objective of the agreement between the Government of the Republic of South Africa and the Government of the State of Palestine for the establishment of a Joint Commission of Cooperation is to establish a structural mechanism that will monitor and guide the conduct of bilateral relations between South Africa and Palestine," read the department's release.
The second agreement will be a memorandum of understanding on political consultations, the primary objective of which will be to establish biannual political consultations between South Africa and Palestine to deliberate on issues of mutual interest, particularly the Palestine issue.
South Africa and Palestine are also expected sign an agreement on higher education and training aimed at promoting cooperation between the two sides in the education field.
"In addition, South Africa supports international efforts aimed at the establishment of a viable Palestinian state, existing side by side in peace with Israel within internationally recognized borders, based on those existing on June 4, 1967, with East Jerusalem as its capital," read the statement.Last Mod: 24 Kasım 2014, 15:39