Minister Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma to Receive Highest Russian Award
- South African Foreign Minister Dr Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma will today Monday,
11 July 2005 be honoured with the highest national order that the Russian Federation
can bestow - The Order of Peter the Great: First Class.
Zuma will receive the Peter the Great Order, "for outstanding achievements
in her endevours to strengthen the security, peace and friendship between the
peoples of Russia and South Africa and widening mutually beneficial co-operation
between the two sovereign states and for her personal input to the development
of bilateral relations between Russia and South Africa." (citation)
Dlamini Zuma is the second person to be honoured with the honour of Peter the
Great after Russian President Vladimir Putin.
Peter the Great is one of
the greatest Russian Tsars, acclaimed for establishing diplomatic relations between
the then Russia and Europe.
Minister Dlamini Zuma is on a two-nation European
visit that will see her meet with her Russian and French counterparts as part
of efforts aimed at consolidating bilateral political and economic relations between
South Africa and the Russian Federation on one hand and France on the other.
other issues to be discussed is the status of bilateral relations between South
Africa and the two countries, outcome of the recently held G-8 Summit, conflict
resolution in Africa, the Review of the Millennium Development Summit in New York
later this year, and reform of the United Nations including its Security Council.
by Ronnie Mamoepa on 082 990 4853.
Department of Foreign Affairs
11 July 2005