Deputy President Jacob Zuma pays a courtesy call to King Abdullah II

Deputy President Jacob Zuma met with His Majesty King Abdullah II of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan, today, on 20 May 2005, at the Dead Sea in Jordan.

The two leaders discussed bilateral matters as well as the process and need for peace and stability in the Middle East. The Deputy President also met with the Vice-Prime Minister of the State of Israel, Mr Ehud Olmert.

The Deputy President is in Jordan leading a South African government delegation attending the World Economic Forum (WEF), under the theme "Seizing the Moment" at the Dead Sea. He is accompanied by Ministers Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka and Mandisi Mpahlwa and Deputy Minister Aziz Pahad.

Tomorrow, 21 May, he will participate in a panel discussion during the session entitled: "Seizing the Moment: People Power and Change in the Middle East."

The session will focus on, amongst other issues, the already held national elections in Iraq and the Palestinian territories, and elections to be held in Lebanon and Egypt as well as the movement towards democracy in the Arab World.

The Deputy President will return to South Africa on Sunday, 22 May.

Lakela Kaunda
Cell: 082 782 2575

Issued by: The Presidency
20 May 2005

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