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HRH Crown Prince Receives President of South Africa

October 16, 2022

His Royal Highness Prince Mohammed bin Salman bin Abdulaziz, Crown Prince and Prime Minister received at the Royal Court at Al-Salam Palace in Jeddah, HE President Cyril Ramaphosa of the Republic of South Africa.

An official reception ceremony was held for His Excellency.

Then, HRH Crown Prince and the President of South Africa held a session of official talks, during which the bilateral relations between the two countries and aspects of cooperation in various fields were reviewed, in addition to discussing a number of issues of common interest.

The session of the talks was attended by Prince Turki bin Mohammed bin Fahd bin Abdulaziz, Minister of State and Cabinet's Member; Prince Abdulaziz bin Saud bin Naif bin Abdulaziz, Minister of Interior; Prince Abdullah bin Bandar bin Abdulaziz, Minister of National Guard, and Prince Faisal bin Farhan bin Abdullah, Minister of Foreign Affairs.

It was also attended by the Minister of Tourism, Ahmed bin Aqeel Al-Khateeb (the accompanying minister; the Minister of Investment, Eng. Khalid bin Abdulaziz Al-Falih; the Minister of Industry and Mineral Resources, Bandar bin Ibrahim Al-Khorayef; the Governor of the Public Investment Fund, Yasser bin Othman Al-Rumayyan; the Advisor at the Royal Court, Ahmed Qattan and the Saudi Ambassador to South Africa Sultan Al-Anqari.

From the South African side, the session of official talks was attended by the Minister of Cooperation and International Relations Dr. Naledi Pandor; South Africa's ambassador to the Kingdom Mogobo David Magabe; the Minister of Agriculture, Land Reform and Rural Development Thoko Didiza; the Minister of Trade, Industry and Competition Ebrahim Patel; the Minister of Transport Fikile Mbalula; the Minister of Energy and Mineral Resources Gwede Mantashe; the Minister of Defence and Military Veterans Thandi Modise, and a number of senior officials.

After that, HRH Crown Prince and the President of South Africa witnessed the ceremony of exchanging an agreement, cooperation program and bilateral memoranda of understanding between the two countries, as follows:

First: A memorandum of understanding for cooperation and exchange of news between the Saudi Press Agency (SPA) in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and the state-run South African News Agency in the Republic of South Africa between the Acting Minister of Media and Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Saudi Press Agency, Dr. Majid bin Abdullah Al-Qasabi, and South Africa Minister of Trade, Industry and Competition Ebrahim Patel.

Second: A memorandum of understanding between the government of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and the government of the Republic of South Africa for cooperation in the field of encouraging direct investment between the Minister of Investment, Eng. Khalid bin Abdulaziz Al-Falih and South Africa Minister of Trade, Industry and Competition, Ebrahim Patel.

Third: A memorandum of understanding between the Special Economic Cities and Zones Authority in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and South Africa Ministry of Trade, Industry and Competition to cooperate in their fields of competence between the Minister of Investment, Eng. Khalid bin Abdulaziz Al-Falih, and South Africa Minister of Trade, Industry and Competition Ebrahim Patel.

Fourth: A memorandum of understanding between the government of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and the government of South Africa for cooperation in the field of communications and information technology between the Minister of Communications and Information Technology, Eng. Abdullah bin Amer Al-Sawaha, and South Africa Minister of Transport, Fikile Mbalula.

Fifth: A draft memorandum of understanding regarding the study of establishing a joint investment fund between the Minister of Industry and Mineral Resources Bandar bin Ibrahim Al-Khorayef and South Africa Minister of Trade, Industry and Competition Ebrahim Patel.

Sixth: A memorandum of understanding between the Government of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and the Government of South Africa for technical cooperation in the fields of agriculture, fisheries and aquaculture between the Minister of Industry and Mineral Resources Bandar bin Ibrahim Al-Khorayef and South Africa Minister of Agriculture, Land Reform and Rural Development Angela Thoko Didiza.

Seventh: A memorandum of understanding for cooperation in the field of social development between the Minister of Industry and Mineral Resources Bandar bin Ibrahim Al-Khorayef and South Africa Minister of Trade, Industry and Competition Ebrahim Patel.

Eighth: A cooperation agreement between the Kingdom and the Republic of South Africa in the field of maritime transport between the Minister of Transport and Logistics Services, Eng. Saleh bin Nasser Al-Jasser and South Africa Minister of Transport, Fikile Mbalula.

Ninth: A memorandum of understanding between the government of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and the government of the Republic of South Africa on the mutual recognition of seafarers' certificates between the Minister of Transport and Logistics Services, Eng. Saleh bin Nasser Al-Jasser and South Africa Minister of Transport, Fikile Mbalula.

Tenth: A memorandum of understanding for cooperation in the field of health between the Minister of Health, Fahd bin Abdurrahman Al-Jalajil and South Africa Minister of Trade, Industry and Competition Ebrahim Patel.

Eleventh: A technical cooperation program between the Saudi Standards, Metrology and Quality Organization (SASO) and the South African Standards Office (SAB) between the Governor of SASO, Dr. Saad bin Othman Al-Qasabi and South Africa Minister of Trade, Industry and Competition Ebrahim Patel.

Twelfth: A memorandum of understanding between the General Authority for Military Industries (GAMI) in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and the Armaments Corporation of the Republic of South Africa for cooperation in the field of military acquisition between the Governor of GAMI, Eng. Ahmed bin Abdulaziz Al-Ohali and the CEO of the Armaments Corporation of South Africa, Solomzi Mbada.

Thirteenth: A draft memorandum of understanding between the Saudi Export-Import Bank and the Export Credit Insurance Company in South Africa between he CEO of the Saudi Export-Import Bank, Saad bin Abdulaziz Al-Khalb and the Director General of Trade, Industry and Competition in South Africa Shabir Khan.

Fourteenth: A draft memorandum of understanding between the Saudi Geological Survey and Mintech Center for Research and Mineral Technology for cooperation in the fields of earth sciences between the Deputy Minister of Industry and Mineral Resources for Mining Affairs, Eng. Khalid bin Saleh Al-Mudaifer and the CEO of Mintech Center for Research and Mineral Technology in South Africa, Dr. Molavi Mutoko.

Fifteenth: A draft memorandum of understanding between the Saudi Geological Survey Authority and the Geosciences Council for cooperation in earth sciences between the CEO of the Saudi Geological Survey Authority, Eng. Abdullah bin Muftar Al-Shamrani and the CEO of the Geosciences Council in South Africa, Mosa Mabuza.

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