Minister Dlamini Zuma Holds Bilateral Discussions with her Bahamian Counterpart, Fred Mitchell

Freeport- South African Minister of Foreign Affairs, Dr. Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma held bilateral political and economic discussions with her Bahamian counterpart, Foreign Affairs Minister Fred Mitchell in Freeport, Bahamas on Saturday 24 September 2005.

Minister Dlamini Zuma and Mitchell met the political committee of the broader Joint South Africa-Bahamas Commission, which began deliberations in Bahamas over weekend.

Both Minister Dlamini Zuma and Fred Mitchell expressed satisfaction with the friendly and cordial political and economic relations between South Africa and Bahamas, whilst noting their continued co-operation in variety of multilateral issues.

In this regard, the two Ministers exchanged ideas regarding the outcomes of the recently held Millennium Review Summit and the 60th Session of the UN General Assembly held in New York. Both Ministers reiterated the need for the comprehensive reform of the international body including the Security Council.

The Ministers also exchanged ideas on regional developments focusing on the current situation in Haiti including plans and preparations for holding of general elections as well as the role of Caricom in this regard.

Minister Dlamini Zuma, accompanied by Ambassador Thanduyise Chiliza, Foreign Affairs Deputy Director-General Ndumiso Ntshinga, Ambassador Mbulelo Rakwena and her political advisor Ms Tiny Maya, is in Bahamas leading a contingent of senior South African government officials from departments of Foreign Affairs, Health, Education, Arts and Culture to the Joint Bilateral Commission in the Commonwealth of the Bahamas.

Minister Dlamini Zuma Replants President Mbeki's Tree Destroyed by the Hurricanes in Bahamas

During her visit to the Bahamas and on the margins of the Joint SA-Bahamas Bilateral Commission, Minister Dlamini Zuma participated in the replanting of the Bahamian national tree and the reopening of the plague commemorating the state visit of President Thabo Mbeki in December 2003.

The tree and plague were subsequently destroyed by successive hurricanes that devastated the Bahamas in 2004.

Issued by Ronnie Mamoepa

South African Mission - Bahamas

24 September 2005

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