Tourism Deputy Minister Fish Mahlalela says South Africa will strengthen the bond of friendship with the Central African Republic (CAR).
Mahlalela has on behalf of the South African government congratulated government and political parties in the CAR on reaching the Political Agreement for Peace and Reconciliation signed in Bangui in February.
Speaking at the 59th celebration of the National Day of CAE, Mahlalela said South Africa and the CSR enjoy strong diplomatic relations dating back to 1993.
“It is our hope and wish that, on your 59th anniversary of independence, the people of the CSR enjoy peace, development and economic prosperity.
“It is our belief that without peace and security there cannot be development and our two countries share a common vision of a peaceful and prosperous Africa,” the deputy minister said.
Mahlalela congratulated the government and people of the CAE for choosing the path of peace and reconciliation, despite challenges.
The cordial relations between the countries were solidified when President Faustin-Archange Touadera undertook a working visit to South Africa.
During his visit, discussions between former president Jacob Zuma and President Touadera laid a foundation for co-operation in a number of areas and in particular, South Africa agreeing to assist in developing peace and security and strengthening economic co-operation.
Subsequent to President Toudera’s visit, significant progress was made in bilateral relations, including opening a South African Embassy in Bangui in June 2017.