7th South Africa EU summit ends in Brussels

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EYEAFRICA TV: Brussels, BELGIUM: South Africa and the European Union have wrapped up the 7th summit with a 23 points communiqué they commemorate the legacy of Nelson Mandela on Today in Brussels.

The summit which was attended by Donald Tusk, President of the European Council; Jean-Claude Juncker, President of the European Commission, and the south African president Cyril Ramaphosa, 

On the area of multilateral cooperation, the two parties recommit themselves to jointly promote development, security and human rights.

The two parties also welcomed Iran’s continued commitment to the full and effective implementation of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action as confirmed by the IAEA reports, and in line with its obligations under the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons.

They stressed on the importance of effective implementation of the JCPOA, which includes sanctions lifting in the interest of regional and international peace and security.

They also called upon Iran to play a constructive role in the region and to refrain from any activities which are inconsistent with UN Security Council Resolution 2231.

Another area of concern discussed at the summit was irregular migration, on which the parties called for comprehensive international response to address its root cause.

Since South Africa’s first democratic elections in 1994, the EU has supported comprehensive development assistance programmes with a total contribution to South Africa amounting to €3 billion.

Speaking during a post-summit press conference, Donald Tusk described south Africa as a strategic partner and that the EU is ready to keep the ties with the country stronger.

Both South Africa and the EU expressed commitment to enhance bilateral investments by improving skills for employability, and conducive business environment with aim to ensure accountability and competitive practices.

Other aspects of agreement between the two partners include agriculture, regional cooperation, defense and related matters.

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