LUANDA, Aug. 17 -- South African President Jacob Zuma will pay his first state visit to Angola on Wednesday, the Department of International Relations said on Monday.
The visit takes place within the context of efforts aimed at consolidating strategic bilateral and economic relations between the two countries, the department said. While in Luanda, Zuma will hold bilateral, political and economic discussions with his Angolan counterpart Eduardo dos Santos. On the regional front, the forthcoming SADC (Southern African Development Community) Summit in the Democratic Republic of Congo as well as the political situation in the region will be discussed as well as working for peace and stability in the continent. Zuma will be accompanied by Minister of International Relations Maite Nkoana-Mashabane, Home Affairs Minister Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, Minister of Human Settlements Tokyo Sexwale and Minister of Public Enterprises Barbara Hogan. A group of business people led by JFPI Corporation Chairman, M’zée Fula Ngenge will also join Zuma, the department said. The department said agreements aimed at strengthening existing diplomatic ties will be signed during Zuma's visit to Angola.