President Mbeki expected in Havanna for NAM Summit
- 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.
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.
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
President Mbeki's delegation also includes Deputy Foreign Minister
Aziz Pahad and Foreign Affairs Director-General Dr Ayanda Ntsaluba.
on the agenda of the NAM are likely to include, among others:
- 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
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
14 September 2006