Neighbours join hands

South Africa and Mozambique signed a treaty on Tuesday for the establishment of a Joint Permanent Commission on Defence and Security (JPCDS).

South Africa and Mozambique signed a treaty on Tuesday for the establishment of a Joint Permanent Commission on Defence and Security (JPCDS).

Speaking at the signing of the agreement, Defence Minister Mosiuoa Lekota said cooperation on defence and security between South Africa and Mozambique was critical "if SA is to host a successful and secure 2010 Fifa World Cup tournament in two years' time".

The agreement would see the two countries cooperate in the fields of defence and security, as well as the exchange of information on the activities and movement of elements involved in crime such as drug smuggling and human trafficking.

"In the course of the implementation of the provision of the JPCDS, we will establish effective channels of communication between the defence and security forces of our two countries, especially along the common border to effectively deal with matters relating to cross-border crimes and illegal migration," Lekota said.

He also said the neighbours needed to reaffirm their cooperation on the Lebombo-Ressano Garcia one-stop border post project, which would include separate facilities for processing passenger and cargo traffic. - Sapa

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