Sisulu in Mozambique

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Minister of Defence and Military Veterans Lindiwe Sisulu is in Maputo today at the head of the South African delegation to the second Mozambique/RSA joint permanent commission on defence and security.

The meeting will also be attended by the Minister of Intelligence Siyabonga Cwele, Correctional Services Minister Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula, Deputy Minister of Home Affairs, Deputy Minister Malusi Gigaba and Deputy Minister Andries Nel from Justice and Constitutional Development.

“The Commission will start its work with a session of senior officials of both countries who will finalise progress reports on joint programmes on Defence, Public Security and State security and also prepare for the Minister`s session,” the defence ministry says in a statement.

“On Defence the meeting will look at progress on border line patrol, joint naval and air patrol, military exercises and other areas of cooperation like training and skills development support to the Mozambique Army.” The programme also covers areas of cooperation between the two countries on public and state safety.

“Mozambique is a very good friend of South Africa from the liberation struggle days, but this partnership and cooperation emanates from the Heads of State Economic Bilateral Forum established in 1997 which is co chaired by the presidents of both country, these meeting will seek to track progress from our first meeting in August 2008 and see how we can better work together in areas of defence, public and state security” Sisulu said.

She added that the meeting is also taking place just before the start of the SADC peace support operation field training exercise codenamed “Exercise GOLFINHO”.

The Exercise is a Chapter VII Peace Support Operation of brigade size being conducted by SADC member states.Countries participating in the Exercise are Angola, Botswana, DRC Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, Swaziland, Tanzania, Zambia and Zimbabwe. The Exercise starts next week Tuesday.

“Exercise GOLFINHO will not only demonstrate our combat readiness but also practice and evaluate our application of SADC doctrine in the planning and execution of peace support operations and our ability as SADC to work together”, Sisulu said. 



Pic: Minister of Defence and Military Veterans- Lindiwe Sisulu