Minister Dlamini Zuma Concludes Visit to Ghana and Proceeds
Accra - South African Foreign Minister, Dr Nkosazana Dlamini
Zuma today - Wednesday, 26 January 2005 - concluded a visit to Ghana where she
led the South African delegation to the African Union (AU) Ministerial Preparatory
Meeting on the Common Defence, Security and Non-Aggression Pact, ahead of the
AU Executive Council of Foreign Ministers meeting scheduled for Thursday - Friday,
27-28 January 2005 in Abuja, Nigeria.
Earlier this week, Minister Dlamini
Zuma signed a Joint Co-operation Agreement with her Mauritanian counterpart Mohamed
Vail Ould Belial focusing on the different fields of co-operation ranging from
trade and industry; to minerals and energy; fisheries; maritime; transport; infrastructure
Minister Dlamini Zuma is expected to table a report following
deliberations of the Ministerial Preparatory Meeting on the Common Defence, Security
and Non-Aggression Pact at the AU Executive Council of Ministers Meeting.
AU Executive Council of Foreign Ministers meeting is expected to discuss and make
recommendations on the following issues:
· Peace initiatives in Burundi,
DRC, Ivory Coast and Sudan;
· Implementation of NEPAD;
Programme of action for the AU for 2005; and
· Budget of the organisation
Deliberations and recommendations of the AU Executive Council
of Foreign Ministers will serve as a basis for discussions by the AU Heads of
State and Government Summit scheduled for Sunday - Monday, 30-31 January 2005.
President Mbeki, will lead the South African delegation, which includes Foreign
Minister Dr Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma to the Summit.
Issued by Ronnie Mamoepa
at 082 990 4853.
Department of Foreign Affairs
Private Bag x 152
26 January 2005