Foreign Minster, Dr Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma to depart for Tripoli,
Libya ahead of the African Union Summit
Tshwane - South African Foreign
Minister Dr Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma, will depart for Tripoli, Libya tomorrow Tuesday,
28 June 2005 where she will attend the 7th Ordinary Session of the Executive Council
of African Union (AU) Ministers scheduled from Friday - Saturday, 1-2 July ahead
of the Summit of Heads of State and Government scheduled from Monday - Tuesday,
4-5 July 2005.
Minister Dlamini Zuma returned from Brunei and Malaysia on
Saturday, 25 June 2005 during which she consolidated bilateral economic and political
relations in the quest to increase foreign direct investment and tourism opportunities
between South Africa and South-East Asian countries.
President Mbeki and
Minister Dlamini Zuma's participation in the Executive Council of Ministers and
Summit of AU Heads of State and Government comes within the context of South Africa's
objective to consolidate the African agenda through among others, the strengthening
the institutions of the Continental organisation.
The Executive Council
and Summit of Heads of State and Government comes in the wake of the recently
held AU Committee of 10 Foreign Ministers charged with the responsibility of mobilising
support for Africa's position regarding the comprehensive reform of the United
Nations system, including the Security Council.
Accordingly, the Summit
of Heads of State and Government will receive a report from the Executive Council
of Ministers on the progress made in mobilising support for Africa's position.
has called for 2 permanent seats and 5 non-permanent seats on the United Nations
In addition, the AU Heads of State and Government Summit
takes place on the eve of the Summit of the eight most industrialised nations
of the world scheduled for 7-8 July 2005 in Gleneagles, Scotland.
In this regard,
the Summit of Heads of State and Government is also expected to ratify recommendations
to be made to the G-8 leaders by African leaders.
President Mbeki and Minister
Dlamini Zuma will depart from Libya for the G-8 Summit on Tuesday, 5 July 2005.
by Ronnie Mamoepa on 082 990 4853.
Department of Foreign Affairs
27 June 2005