President Thabo Mbeki arrives in Lesotho for SADC Summit

Maseru - South African President Thabo Mbeki arrived in Maseru, capital of Lesotho on Thursday afternoon ahead of the SADC Heads of State and Government Summit scheduled from Thursday - Friday, 17-18 August 2006. Earlier in the day, President Mbeki joined his Mozambican and Zimbabwean counterparts, Presidents Armando Guebuza and Robert Mugabe respectively during the opening ceremony of the Giriyondo border post.

In Lesotho, President Mbeki will lead a South African delegation comprising Ministers Dr. Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma, Trevor Manuel, Mandisi Mpahlwa, Lulu Xingwana and senior government officials to the SADC Summit of Heads of State and Government.

President Mbeki's participation in the SADC Heads of State and Government Summit comes within the context of South Africa's commitment to consolidate the African agenda through among others South Africa's participation and strengthening of SADC institutions.

Minister Dlamini Zuma early this week led a South African delegation of Ministers to the Council of Ministers meeting from Tuesday - Wednesday, 15-16 August 2006.

The SADC Summit of Heads of State and Government is expected to deliberate on the following issues:

  • Elections in the region particularly the post-election situation in the Democratic Republic of Congo;
  • The implementation of the SADC integration agenda;
  • Progress on the Financing, Design and Construction of the new SADC Headquarters;
  • Review the regional situation with regard to:
    • Economic and Social situation;
    • Agriculture and Food Security;
    • Gender;
    • HIV and Aids;

  • The African Union including the implementation of NEPAD and a progress report on the attainment of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs);
  • Preparations for the International Conference on Poverty Alleviation; and
  • Receive reports from the:
    • Chairperson of the SADC Organ on Politics, Defence and Security Co-operation.

President Mbeki and his delegation are expected to return to South Africa on Friday, 18 August 2006.

Issued by Ronnie Mamoepa on 082 990 4863

Department of Foreign Affairs
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16 August 2006

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