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South African delegation visits Sri Lanka

A South African delegation visited Sri Lanka this week, discussing cooperation in areas such as defence, trade and the zoological gardens, as well as sharing the country's experience of reconciliation.

The delegation is led by South Africa’s deputy minister for International Relations and Cooperation, Nomaindia Mfeketo.

The countries initiated the Declaration of Intent in the Field of Sustainable Tourism Development and the Memorandum of Understanding- between the National Zoological Gardens of South Africa and Department of National Zoological Gardens of Sri Lanka, the Defence Ministry's website, reported.

The delegation is on Thursday expected to brief the Sri Lankan government about South Africa's history of reconciliation, the Xinhua news agency quoted Sri Lanka's deputy foreign minister, Ajith Perera as saying.

South Africa's involvement in Sri Lanka's process of reconciliation following the end of the armed conflict came to an abrupt halt last year following South Africa's special envoy to Sri Lanka, Cyril Ramaphosa's visit.

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