Zuma concludes Mali visit

By Drum Digital
18 August 2013

President Jacob Zuma concluded a working visit to Lilongwe, Republic of Malawi, where he attended the 33rd ordinary summit of SADC heads of state, the presidency said on Sunday.

"On [Friday], the President participated in the summit of the SADC organ troika on politics, defence and security co-operation where he presented a report on Zimbabwe in his capacity as SADC facilitator on Zimbabwe," spokesman Mac Maharaj said in a statement.

Matters relating to regional economic integration, peace and security were among those discussed in the Southern African Development Community summit.

"SADC continues to serve as the primary vehicle for South African foreign policy to achieve regional development and integration within Southern Africa," Maharaj said.

He said South Africa's future remained inextricably linked to that of the African continent and neighbouring countries in Southern Africa.

International Relations Minister Maite Nkoana-Mashabane, Defence Minister Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula and Trade and Industry Minister Rob Davies accompanied Zuma to the summit.

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