Deputy Minister Pahad to Pay Three Nation Visit to Europe, 17-22
Tshwane - South African Deputy Foreign Minister Aziz Pahad
will on Monday, 17 October 2005, depart for Europe on a three nation visit that
will see him visit Switzerland, the United Kingdom and France scheduled from Tuesday
- Friday, 18-21 October 2005.
This visit comes within the context of South
Africa's objective to consolidate North-South relations to achieve the developmental
agenda of Africa and other countries of the South.
In Switzerland, Deputy
Minister Pahad will co-chair, together with his Swiss counterpart, Secretary of
State for Foreign Affairs Dr Michael Ambühl the annual meeting of the Working
Group between both countries in Berne scheduled from Tuesday - Wednesday, 18-19
Deputy Minister Pahad and his Swiss counterpart Dr Michael
Ambühl are expected to, during the Working Group meeting discuss the:
of bilateral and economic relations between the two countries;
developments in Africa and the EU;
- Identify possible areas of co-operation
in the context of the Declaration of Intent on Joint Co-operation in Africa, co-operation
in the fields of trade, science & technology and development; and
issues of mutual interest including the reform of the United Nations and the Middle
East Peace Process.
On conclusion of discussions in Berne, Deputy
Minister Pahad will travel to London, where he is scheduled to hold discussions
on Thursday, 20 October 2005 with Lord Triesman, Parliamentary Under-Secretary
of State; David Quarry, Prime Minister Blair's Policy Advisor on the Middle East;
and John Sawers, Director-General for Political Affairs.
On Friday, 21 October
2005, Deputy Minister Pahad will hold discussions in Paris, France with his counterpart,
Deputy Foreign Minister in charge of Co-operation, Development and the Francophony
Ms Girardin; Jean-Pierre Lafon, Secretary-General of the Foreign Ministry; Jean-Francois
Thibault, Director for North Africa and the Middle East; Stanislas Lefevre de
Laboulaye, Foreign Ministry Director for Political and Security Affairs; and Michel
de Bonnecorse, Africa Advisor to President Chirac.
Issues on the agenda
of discussions in London and Paris will include, among others:
political and economic relations between the countries;
- European support
for the achievement of the African agenda; and
- The European perspective
of the situation in the Middle East, including Palestine and Israel, Iraq and
Deputy Minister Pahad is scheduled to return to South Africa
on Saturday, 22 October 2005.
Issued by Ronnie Mamoepa on 082 990 4853.
Department of Foreign Affairs
Private Bag X152