Minister Dlamini Zuma to meet with Howard University Leadership, Washington D.C.

Washington DC: South African Foreign Minister, Dr. Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma will today, Friday, 20 March 2009 meet with the leadership of Howard University in Washington DC. This meeting on the eve of our Human Rights Day will take place within the context of South Africa's priority to strengthen bonds of friendship with civil society and academia.
Howard University occupies a special place in South Africa's history as some of our heroes and heroines in the past century were welcomed as students in this prestigious institution. Minister Dlamini Zuma, on behalf of South Africa donated an amount of R2 million to this institution's students who were victims of Hurricane Katrina in January 2006
As part of her United States visit, Minister Dlamini Zuma participated in a high level Debate at the United Nations Security Council discussing how best the international community could support the African Union peace operations that are conducted with a mandate from the Security Council.
Minister Dlamini Zuma also met yesterday, her counterpart, US Secretary of State, Ms Hillary Clinton and discussed a  wide range of bilateral, political and economic issues which focused on the developments in Zimbabwe, Sudan, Madagascar as well as consolidating trade links between South Africa and the United States of America,
Prior, to her departure for South Africa, this afternoon, Minister Dlamini Zuma will also update and engage with SADC Ambassadors based in Washington DC on continental as well as global developments affecting our region in our capacity as the Chairperson of SADC.
Minister Dlamini Zuma is expected in South Africa on Human Rights Day, 21 March 2009.
For more information, contact Nomfanelo Kota on +27 82 459 3787
Issued by the Department of Foreign Affairs
c/c South African Embassy
Washington DC
United States of America

20 March 2009



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