Foreign Minister Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma arrives in Niger for Bilateral Discussions, Wednesday, 06 April 2005

Niamey - South African Foreign Minister Dr Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma arrived in Niger on Tuesday 5 April ahead of bilateral political and economic discussions her Niger counterpart Minister of Foreign Affairs, Co-operation and African Integration Alchatou Mindaoudou in Niamey, today Wednesday 6 April 2005.

The visit is part of efforts by South Africa to build strong, vibrant and strategic bilateral political and economic relations with sister African countries within the context of the overall objective of working for the renewal of Africa and the creation of a better world.

Issues on the agenda of bilateral consultations between Ministers Dlamini Zuma and Mindaoudou include among others:

  • The consolidation of bilateral political and economic relations between both countries - including the opening of a South African diplomatic mission in Niamey, a bilateral air services agreement and the promotion of South African investment in Niger's mining and agricultural sector;
  • The consolidation of the African agenda through the African Union (AU) and its institutions; and
  • Regional conflicts with particular reference to the situation in the Ivory Coast and Togo.

On conclusion of the discussions with her counterpart, Minister Dlamini Zuma is expected to pay a courtesy call on President Mamadou Tandja, Prime Minister Hama Amadou, and Speaker Mahamane Ouismane.

Minister Dlamini Zuma and her delegation will depart from Niamey for Tindouf on Thursday, 7 April 2005, where she will pay the first ever high level visit to the Saharawi Arab Democratic Republic (SADR) since official recognition by South Africa in September 2004.

Issued by Ronnie Mamoepa on 082 990 4853

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6 April 2005

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