Minister Dlamini Zuma Concludes Visit to Ghana and Proceeds to Nigeria

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 and education.

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.

The 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 for 2005.

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.
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26 January 2005

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