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Minister of International Relations and Cooperation, Ms Lindiwe Sisulu. Photo : RR

Johannesburg, South Africa (ADV) – South Africa’s Minister of International Relations and Cooperation, Lindiwe Sisulu, will co-chair the 8th Session of the South Africa-France Forum for Political Dialogue (FPD) with the French Minister of Europe and Foreign Affairs, Mr Jean-Yves Le Drian, in Pretoria.

The meeting is expected to discuss the strengthening and deepening of bilateral political and economic relations; increased development cooperation; developments on the continent of Africa, and issues of global governance such as the reform of the UN Security Council and international financial institutions.

 According to a statement issued by the Department of International Relations and Cooperation (DIRCO, this is the first time that the Forum will be led at Ministerial level following the decision taken during former President Jacob Zuma’s State Visit to France in 2016 to elevate the Forum from Directors-General to Ministerial level. This is viewed as awarding the growing relationship between the two nations greater political impetus.

“The two Ministers will sign a number of agreements and host a joint press briefing at the conclusion of the FP,” reads the statement.

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