Foreign Minister Dr Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma Concludes Visit to
the USA Ahead of Visit to Côte d'Ivoire
New York - South African Foreign
Minister Dr Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma concludes her visit to the United States today
Friday 13 January 2006 ahead of visit to Côte d'Ivoire to attend the third
meeting of the Ministerial International Working Group on Côte d'Ivoire
on Sunday, 15 January 2006 in Abidjan.
Minister Dlamini Zuma was in the
United States of America where she handed over, on behalf of the government of
South Africa, a cheque of R2 million to victims of Hurricane Katrina and assumed
on behalf of South Africa the chairperson of the Group of 77 (G-77).
visit to Cote d'Ivoire takes place within the context of the appointment of a
new Prime Minister last year, Charles Konan Banny and the formation of a new Cabinet
on 28 December 2005, following an African Union (AU) mediation process by Presidents
Thabo Mbeki, Olusegun Obasanjo and Mamedou Tandja.
The Ministerial International
Working Group on Côte d'Ivoire, comprises Nigeria, South Africa, Benin,
Ghana, Niger, France, United States, Britain, the International Monetary Fund,
World Bank, European Union, African Union and ECOWAS.
The Ministerial Group
is tasked with evaluating, controlling and monitoring the implementation of the
Ivorian Peace Process.
Minister Dlamini Zuma will depart from Côte
d'Ivoire on Monday, 16 January 2006 for Liberia where she will join the delegation
led by President Thabo Mbeki at the inauguration of Liberian President Ellen Johnson
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