zuma and guebuza 13-12-11.jpgSouth African President, Jacob Zuma has arrived in Maputo, Mozambique for a visit aimed at deepening bilateral political, economic and social relations between the two countries.

South Africa and Mozambique share strong ties based on geographical proximity, and also given the role played by Mozambique in providing solidarity during the struggle against apartheid and colonial oppression.

The visit has a particular personal significance for Zuma as he lived in Mozambique for many years during his period in exile.

President Zuma is expected to hold consultations with his Mozambican counterpart, President Armando Guebuza, on concretising bilateral cooperation in key priority areas such as trade and investment, energy, mining, agriculture, communications, water, environmental affairs, arts and culture as well as science and technology.

The South Africa government said the two Presidents will exchange views regarding mutual cooperation at regional level, especially within the Southern African Development Community (SADC), and discuss broad issues affecting the continent within the context of the African Union (AU).

President Zuma is also expected to lay a wreath in the Heroes Acre, as well as at the Matola Raid Memorial and Interpretative Centre, after which he will address the Joint Sitting of the Parliament of Mozambique and the Mozambique–South Africa Business Forum.

He is accompanied by the Ministers of International Relations and Cooperation; Performance, Monitoring and Evaluation; Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries; Arts and Culture; Defence and Military Veterans, Science and Technology; Energy; Communications; Mineral Resources; as well as Trade and Industry.