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DIRCO minister concludes Gaza conference

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International Relations Minister Maite Nkoana-Mashabane concluded her visit to Cairo, Egypt on Sunday, her department said.

She was representing South Africa at the International Donors’ conference on Palestine, titled “Reconstructing Gaza”, spokesman Clayson Monyela said in a statement.

“During the ministerial segment of the conference, minister Nkoana-Mashabane stated that South Africa remains committed to the aspirations of the Palestinian people in their struggle to achieve freedom and independence.”

More than 60 countries participated in the conference as well as some regional and international organisations, Monyela said.

“South Africa was among the countries at the conference that called on Israel to lift the blockade on Gaza, so that much-needed humanitarian assistance and the rebuilding of Gaza could be undertaken without hindrance.”

South Africa had pledged just over R11 million towards humanitarian assistance in Gaza.

Nkoana-Mashabane held bilateral talks on the sidelines of the conference with her counterparts from Sweden, Algeria, Norway, Lebanon and Egypt.

“During these talks, both sides shared their views on the Middle East peace process and on current regional and international developments, and reaffirmed their commitment to further strengthening bilateral relations,” Monyela said



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