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
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.
by Ronnie Mamoepa
South African Mission - Bahamas