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Thursday, March 15, 2012

VACCINATION ROW: Pres. Jonathan Received President Zuma’s Special Envoy Today…Nigeria & South Africa Vow To Work Together

President Jonathan receiving Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula 
President Jonathan received today [Mar. 15] received a special envoy from the South African President to convey goodwill messages. Nigeria and South Africa vowed on Thursday to work to improve relations after a diplomatic row sparked by yellow fever vaccinations.

Jonathan held talks with an eight-member South African delegation led by Correctional Services Minister Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula, sent as President Jacob Zuma’s special envoy following the row, a statement from Jonathan’s office said.

Jonathan “spoke about the need for South Africa and Nigeria to cooperate to provide leadership for Africa,” the statement said, while also calling for the revival of a bi-national commission between the two continental giants to improve relations.

The commission is expected to meet in a month in South Africa.

The South African minister said the deportations were not approved by Zuma nor his government, adding that the matter was being investigated.

Speaking to reporters after the meeting, the envoy said she had “a very good discussion with both the president and the minister of foreign affairs”.

She said “there was no deliberate attack on the integrity on the people of Nigeria… We are currently conducting an investigation and we have announced in South Africa that there will be consequences for whoever took that decision".

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