STATEMENT BY DEPARTMENT OF DEFENCE
STATEMENT BY SA NATIONAL DEFENCE FORCE (SANDF)
HEADQUARTERS PRETORIA: MEDIA RELEASE ON THE OFFICIAL VISIT BY
DEPUTY MINISTER OF DEFENCE TO SUDAN
DATE OF RELEASE: 09 SEPTEMBER 2008
The Deputy Minister of Defence Mr Mluleki
George is today, 09 September 2008 leading a
South African delegation to visit the South
African National Defence Force (SANDF)
contingent currently deployed in the United
Nations African Mission in Darfur (UNAMID) in
South African government has deployed close
to 600 military personnel and 32 observers to
help bring to halt instability in the region of
The Deputy Minister’s three-day visit seeks
to afford the troops necessary support, raise
their morale and obtain in-loco experience of
the deployees and the operational area.
The Deputy Minister has said the visit was
also in the context of consolidating the good
relations between the two countries.
“South Africa continues to maintain good ties
with Sudan as strategic country for the Horn of
Africa and the continent at large,” he said.
In 2003, South Africa and Sudan signed a
General Cooperation Agreement, which provided
the platform for the bilateral relations and the
reconstruction and development of Sudan.
Three years later, an Agreement regarding the
modalities for the establishment of a Joint
Bilateral Commission (JBC) was signed. This
paved the way for the establishment of the JBC
between the two countries.
Subsequently, South Africa appointed and
stationed a Defence Attaché in Sudan, which was
shortly followed by the two countries signing a
Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on Defence
Cooperation in 2007.
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