Parliament’s Presiding Officers Meet the Indian
President, Mrs Pratibha Patil
Thursday, 3 May 2012 – National Assembly (NA) Speaker, Mr
Max Sisulu, and National Council of Provinces (NCOP) Chairperson, Mr Mninwa
Mahlangu will tomorrow (Friday, 4 May) meet the President of the Republic India
Mrs Pratibha Patil and her delegation at
visit to Parliament is aimed at briefing Mrs Patil on issues of mutual interest
between the South African and Indian Parliaments. South
Africa and India share a strategic partnership
and a special bond of friendship.
Presiding Officers will be joined by House Chairpersons for International
Relations in the NA and the NCOP and the Chairpersons of the Portfolio
Committees for International Relations and Economic Development.
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- Arrival of the President
of the Republic of India and her delegation at the steps of the National Assembly Building
tomorrow at 10:00. She will be received by Speaker of the NA and the Chairperson
of the NCOP. The Parliamentary choir will provide entertainment.
- The President
of the Republic of India, and her delegation, proceed to the foyer
of the National Assembly where the symbols of the Parliament of the Republic of South Africa will be presented for
viewing by the NA’s Sergeant-at-Arms and the NCOP’s Usher of the Black
Rod. They will proceed to the Old Assembly Chamber for a brief tour.
- The delegation proceeds
to Room V8 in the Old
for a bilateral meeting (media will be allowed in for a few minutes and then
requested to withdraw)
- At the conclusion the
meeting, the Presiding Officers invite the President of the Republic of India to proceed to the Gallery
Hall in the NCOP Building Foyer to sign the Distinguished Guests Book.
This is followed by an exchange of gifts.
- The Presiding Officers
bid farewell to the President of the Republic of India
at the steps of the National Council of Provinces Building.
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