Deputy president of South Africa to arrive in Sri Lanka

Deputy president of South Africa to arrive in Sri Lanka

Written by Staff Writer

06 Jul, 2014 | 10:21 pm

Deputy President of South Africa Cyril Ramaphosa is due to arrive in Sri Lanka for an official visit on Monday.

The Ministry of External Affairs notes that Ramaphosa will hold discussions with the government and political representatives on Sri Lanka’s reconciliation process.

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.

Speaking to News 1st’s Nadim Majeed, veteran Diplomat Dr. Dayan Jayatillake commented on the significance of Ramaphosa’s visit to Sri Lanka at this juncture.

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