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Inauguration of youth dialogue would strengthen S/Africa-Nigeria leadership – Envoy

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Inauguration of youth dialogue would strengthen S/Africa-Nigeria leadership – Envoy

By Fortune Abang

Mr. Bobby Moroe, South African Deputy High Commissioner in Nigeria, says the launch of the South Africa-Nigeria Ramaphosa Youth Dialogue will strengthen leadership in both countries.

Moroe made this known on Friday in Abuja, in an interview with the Nigerian News Agency , immediately after the state visit to Nigeria on November 30, 2021.

The event was part of Ramaphosa’s visit to four West African countries, including Ghana, Senegal, Ivory Coast and Nigeria.

According to him, Ramaphosa’s visit to Nigeria is historic because it coincided with the 48th anniversary of the UN resolution, which declared apartheid a crime against humanity.

Moroe said: “The visit provided the platform for South Africa and Nigeria to navigate the challenges ahead between them.

“Whenever the two continental giants come together for their bilateral relations to reflect on the milestones of their bilateral cooperation, the entire continent regains hope and is filled with optimism.

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“This is what South Africa and Nigeria mean for the countries of the continent. President Ramaphosa paid a state visit to Nigeria on December 1, 2021.

“The visit was followed (BNC), a mechanism established by the countries in 1999, to strengthen socio-economic and political cooperation on issues of common interest and mutual benefit.”

He noted that the mechanism is the highest that two nations have achieved so far in bilateral cooperation, and said that their commitment shows the strategic position that both countries occupy in their foreign policies.

He explained that in 2016, both countries recognized the strategic importance of each other and there was BNC from Vice President / Vice President at the level of Head of State.

“One of the most important issues in the relations between the two countries lies in immigration and consular matters, of which there are many controversial issues.

“The two countries were interested in establishing the Nigeria-South Africa Consular and Political Forum, with the firm conviction that both will improve people-to-people contact and minimize harassment problems.

“The Early Warning Mechanism is a platform to proactively identify, prevent, address and combat recurring incidents of violence, threats and acts of intimidation against Nigerians living in South Africa.

“The Memorandum of Understanding on the early warning mechanism will be finalized and the Consular and Political Forum agreed to meet in the first quarter of 2022,” he added.

He quoted Ramaphosa as saying that “the youth dialogue would provide an opportunity for young people in both countries to become meaningfully involved in issues that affect them.

“Furthermore, the participation of young people from both countries focuses on appropriate ways to contribute their quota in the development of the respective homeland.

“Our government believes that with greater involvement of young people in the ties between our two countries, our relations will improve even more.

“Basically, the youth dialogue aims to strengthen the capacity of young South Africans and Nigerians in all areas of peacebuilding, conflict prevention and conflict resolution by promoting intercultural learning.

“There is also civic education, tolerance, education in human rights and democracy, mutual respect for cultural, ethnic and religious diversity,” Ramaphosa said.

Source: NAN

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