President Thabo Mbeki to hold Discussions with President George
Bush, Washington, United States of America, Wednesday, 1 June 2005
- South African President Thabo Mbeki, accompanied by Foreign Minister Dr Nkosazana
Dlamini Zuma, will tomorrow, Monday 30 May 2005, depart for Washington where he
will hold political bilateral discussions with President George Bush of the United
States on Wednesday, 1 June 2005.
The bilateral meeting between President
Mbeki and President Bush comes against the background of preparations for the
forthcoming G-8 Summit to be hosted by Britain in Gleneagles, Scotland from 7-8
In that context President Mbeki has been consulting with various
leaders of the G-8 with a view to ensuring practical outcomes for Africa and the
South during the Summit of the G-8. There is a convergence of views between both
President Mbeki and President Bush regarding the need for practical outcomes.
addition, the two leaders will discuss conflict resolution and peacekeeping in
Africa, the G-8 Africa Plan, the African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA), the
Millennium Challenge Account and Overseas Development Aid (ODA) to Africa.
the G-8 Summit, South Africa together with Algeria, Ghana, Nigeria, Senegal and
Uganda, has been invited to participate in the Africa Outreach segment of the
The African group together with Mexico and China will also participate
in discussions on climate change and debt relief.
The visit to Washington
will also provide an excellent opportunity for the two leaders to consolidate
and strengthen already existing strategic bilateral and economic relations between
Bilateral Economic Relations
Exports to US||US$ 4 888||US$
|SA Imports from US||US$
2 698||US$ 2 977|
Trade||US$ 7 586||US$
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