Mandela’s health: Obama visit will go ahead, says Zuma

2013-06-24 13:14

US president Barack Obama’s visit to South Africa will not be postponed because of former president Nelson Mandela’s medical condition, President Jacob Zuma has said.

Mandela has been ill for some time, Zuma told journalists in Johannesburg, adding that a postponement of this “important” visit would send the wrong message.

He added that he was looking forward to Obama’s visit.

Zuma said the visit “would present an opportunity to showcase progress since the establishment of the African Union, and to discuss co-operation on matters of socio-economic development, as well as peace and security on the continent”.

The visit would further strengthen US-SA dialogue on health, education, agriculture, law enforcement, trade, investment, energy, nuclear security and non-proliferation, and regional security.

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