Ramaphosa To Skip UN Meeting In NY To Focus On Pressing Domestic Issues

Riyaz Patel

International Relations Minister Naledi Pandor will lead South Africa’s delegation to the United Nations General Assembly later this month, allowing President Cyril Ramaphosa to concentrate on critical domestic issues.

Ramaphosa was scheduled to participate in the 74th General Assembly of the United Nations and related global meetings in New York from 23 to 26 September 2019, but has assigned Pandor to lead the SA delegation.

“The President has decided to remain in South Africa to attend to the implementation of government’s urgent measures on gender-based violence, the restoration of order and stability in areas affected by public violence, and to oversee initiatives to turn around the economy,” a Presidency statement said.

President Ramaphosa, together with his Cabinet will be focussing on the implementation of plans outlined in the State of the Nation Address of June 2019 and the Presidency Budget Vote 2019/2020.

“This is a time for leadership from across society to mobilise their respective constituencies in support of economic progress and rebuilding the social and moral fabric of society. Government is stepping up its own contribution to this collective effort,” said Ramaphosa.

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