President Mbeki expected in Havanna for NAM Summit

Pretoria - South African President Thabo Mbeki, accompanied by Foreign Minister Dr Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma, is expected later today Thursday 14 September 2006 in Havanna, Cuba from Brazil ahead of the Non-Aligned Movement (NAM) Summit of Heads of State and Government scheduled from Friday - Saturday, 15-16 September 2006.

President Mbeki was in Brasilia, Brazil where he together with his counterparts from India and Brazil participated in the inaugural IBSA Heads of State and Government Summit.

President Mbeki will participate in the NAM Summit within the context of South Africa's commitment to promote South-South co-operation and support for the developmental agenda of the South through, among others, the revitalisation of the Non-Aligned Movement (NAM) to effectively position it to play a meaningful role in global affairs.

President Mbeki's delegation also includes Deputy Foreign Minister Aziz Pahad and Foreign Affairs Director-General Dr Ayanda Ntsaluba.

Issues on the agenda of the NAM are likely to include, among others:

  • Poverty and under-development;
  • Peace and security; and
  • Restructuring of the global exercise of power.

The Summit will also address the Middle East situation including Palestine and Israel, Iraq and Iran, terrorism, the comprehensive reform of the United Nations and progress towards attainment of the Millennium Development Goals.

South Africa is a current member of the NAM Troika which consists of current, past and present Chairpersons - Malaysia, South Africa and Cuba. South Africa's tenure as member of the NAM Troika will come to an end should Egypt's offer to host the Summit in 2009 be accepted.

President Mbeki and Foreign Minister Dr Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma will, upon conclusion of the NAM Summit, proceed to New York for the 61st Session of the United Nations General Assembly scheduled for Monday - Wednesday 18-20 September 2006.

Issued by Ronnie Mamoepa on 082 990 4853

Department of Foreign Affairs
Private Bag X152

14 September 2006

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