Five Israeli MPs visit South Africa to promote dialogue. Picture supplied by the Israeli embassy in Pretoria.

Johannesburg - A delegation of five members of the Israeli Knesset (Parliament) led by Dr. Nachman Shai has arrived in South Africa to "promote dialogue, understanding and cooperation". 

The embassy of Israel in Pretoria on Friday said the delegation has met with leaders from across the South African political spectrum including senior ANC member Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, former president Kgalema Motlanthe, Executive Mayor of Johannesburg Herman Mashaba and DA leader Mmusi Maimane.  

The delegation also held meetings in Parliament and met with members of the DA, Congress of the People, African Christian Democratic Party, Inkatha Freedom Party and Freedom Front Plus. 

"The delegation, a product of cooperation between the Israeli Knesset, the Israeli Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Jewish Agency, also met with the leaders of the thriving Jewish community of South Africa," the embassy said, adding that they have also had positive engagements with the key figures of the Christian and business communities.

“The delegation proves that dialogue is key in increasing understanding of the challenges and opportunities between our great nations” said Ambassador Lior Keinan. 

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The Israeli delegation reiterated its commitment to sharing Israel’s expertise and experience in agriculture, water, and hi-tech.

"The embassy continues to explore a plethora of avenues for cooperation between Israel and South Africa and this delegation is a great step towards that goal," said Keinan.