President of South Africa, Jacob Zuma, said he was pleased to receive credentials from Grenada’s newly-accredited (non-resident) High Commissioner to South Africa, Ruth Elizabeth Rouse and thanked the government and people of Grenada for support to South Africa’s struggle for freedom.
Zuma on Tuesday received credentials from eight Heads of Mission (Grenada; Belgium; Ethiopia; Korea; Iraq; Jamaica; Myanmar; and Brazil) beginning with Grenada at 10.00 am. The high commissioner said she was honoured to be granted the opportunity to represent Grenada in South Africa for the second time and looked forward to an active tour of duty and enhanced cooperation between the two countries.
Rouse was the first Grenadian high commissioner to be accredited to South Africa in November of 2000, following the establishment of diplomatic relations on 5 March 1998.
The president and the high commissioner discussed possible areas of cooperation, including tourism and culture in particular, as well as the wider relationship between CARICOM and the southern African nation and agreed that the time had come for more interaction, starting with official and familiarization visits between the two countries and regions.
The high commissioner echoed the sentiments of CARICOM foreign ministers who had recently expressed appreciation for South Africa’s support in promoting the interest of CARICOM in fora in which the Community was not represented. The high commissioner also said that Grenada and its colleagues within CARICOM were looking forward to engaging at the African Diaspora Summit to be held in South Africa in 2012 and the conclusion of the CARICOM-South Africa air services agreement.
The High Commissioner brought greetings from the government and people of Grenada and expressed the hope that the president and prime minister, respectively, would engage in further fruitful discussions when they meet in the margins of the Commonwealth heads of government meeting scheduled for Perth, Australia, from October 28 – 30, 2011.
Following the ceremony, the high commissioner was received by the Caribbean Directorate at the Department of International Relations and Cooperation.