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Monday, July 07, 2014 - 05.04 GMT
South African Special Envoy to meet SL political leaders


South Africa's Deputy President of the African National Congress Matamela Cyril Ramaphosa is expected to arrive in Sri Lanka today (7) as Africa's Special Envoy to Sri Lanka mainly to strengthen bilateral relationships between the two countries.

Deputy External Affairs Minister Neomal Perera noted that Mr. Ramaphosa will hold discussions with the government and political representatives on Sri Lanka’s reconciliation process.

"He is an experienced politician and an able leader who has much to share with Sri Lanka in terms of his experience and knowledge," he said. Ramaphosa played a crucial role, with Roelf Meyer of the National Party to bring about a peaceful end to apartheid. He steered the country towards its first democratic elections in April 1994.

"He is due to meet political leaders of Sri Lanka during his visit. We will share his invaluable experience in the interest of the country in matters of concern. They also had similar sort of terrorist problems in their country," explained Deputy Minister.

"The visit of Ramaphosa is expected to strengthen Sri Lanka's bi-lateral relationships” he added.

The African deputy president is a well known businessman, activist and trade union leader. He was elected as deputy president of the African National Congress (ANC) in December 2012. He is also the chairman of the National Planning Commission. Cyril Ramaphosa was instrumental in coordinating the release of Nelson Mandela when he was held a political prisoner.




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