Foreign Minister Dr Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma to hold Bilateral Discussions in Moscow

Moscow - South African Foreign Minister Dr Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma will today Tuesday, 12 July 2005 hold bilateral political and economic discussions with her Russian counterpart, Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov in Moscow, the Russian Federation.

The visit comes in the context of South Africa's commitment to the consolidation of the African agenda through the promotion of North-South co-operation in support of the African agenda through among others interaction with countries of the G-8.

Issues on the agenda of both bilateral discussions include among others:

  • The status of bilateral political and economic relations between both countries;
  • The outcomes of the recently concluded G-8 Summit;
  • A briefing by Minister Dlamini Zuma to her counterpart on the recently concluded Ivorian Peace Talks;
  • Conflict resolution in Africa;
  • Reform of the United Nations; and
  • Preparations for the Review of the Millennium Development Summit in New York later this year.

Minister Dlamini Zuma was yesterday Monday, 11 July 2005 awarded by the Russian Federation the Order of Peter the Great, "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)

Minister Dlamini Zuma is only the second person to be honoured with the honour of Peter the Great after Russian President Vladimir Putin.

Upon conclusion of discussions with her Russian counterpart Minister Dlamini Zuma will depart for Paris where she is scheduled to hold bilateral discussions with her French counterpart, Foreign Minister Philippe Douste-Blazy tomorrow, Wednesday 13 July 2005.

Issued by Ronnie Mamoepa on 082 990 4853.

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12 July 2005


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