26 September 2015 The members of the Foreign Affairs Committee in meeting with the Speaker of the National Assembly of the South African Republic

26 September 2015 The members of the Foreign Affairs Committee in meeting with the Speaker of the National Assembly of the South African Republic

Saturday, 26 September 2015

Foreign Affairs Committee Members Meet with South African Parliament Speaker

The members of the National Assembly’s Foreign Affairs Committee met today, at the National Assembly House, with the Speaker of the National Assembly of the South African Republic Baleka Mbete, currently visiting Serbia.


Deputy Chairperson of the National Assembly’s Foreign Affairs Committee Dr Dijana Vukomanovic opined that the relations between Serbia and the South African Republic are friendly. She emphasised the importance of promoting interparliamentary cooperation for the exchange of experiences and as a good basis for the improvement of bilateral and economic cooperation. Dr Vukomanovic also pointed out the need to spread liberal awareness through cooperation in international organisations and the importance of strengthening old friendships for the promotion of cooperation at all levels. The Foreign Affairs Committee Deputy Chairperson said a student exchange would contribute to a better cultural understanding and strengthening of friendly relations between the two countries.

Committee member Dubravka Filipovski thanked the South African Republic for its principled position and continued support on the Kosovo-Metohija issue i.e. its support of Serbia's territorial integrity and sovereignty. Filipovski is sure that by signing a cooperation agreement the two countries would significantly contribute to the improvement of economic and bilateral relations. She also highlighted the important role the Serbian diaspora in the South African Republic could play in promoting the cooperation between the two countries.

Dr Ivan Bauer, member of the Foreign Affairs Committee, said that though Serbia and the South African Republic share decades-long friendship, that there is still room for improvement of cooperation in all areas, especially the area of science and education, as well as economy. He also highlighted the importance of ties between local communities for the improvement of overall relations.

The Speaker of the National Assembly of the South African Republic Baleka Mbete agreed that the promotion of interparliamentary cooperation is greatly important for the improvement of overall relations between the two countries, emphasising the importance of the exchange of experiences between pertinent committees. She opined that the suggestion of fostering ties between local communities is very good since building relations between nations can boost the level of relations between countries. Speaker Mbete also agreed that exposing young people to different cultures and nations, as well as improving scientific and educational cooperation, would significantly contribute to the strengthening of ties between the two countries.



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