Clinton urges SA to take leading role

2012-08-07 14:17
US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton jokes with International Relations Minister Maite Nkoana-Mashabane prior the second meeting of the South Africa-United States strategic dialogue in Pretoria. (Stephane de Sakutin, AFP)

US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton jokes with International Relations Minister Maite Nkoana-Mashabane prior the second meeting of the South Africa-United States strategic dialogue in Pretoria. (Stephane de Sakutin, AFP)

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Pretoria - US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton held talks with South Africa's top diplomat on Tuesday to map out strategy on global issues and press Africa's leading democracy to play a stronger regional role.

"We are looking for ways to enhance and deepen our partnership. South Africa has so much to offer to the rest of the world," Clinton said as she met with International Relations Minister Maite Nkoana-Mashabane.

While the two countries almost always have similar objectives on international situations, they often differ on the path to take to achieve desired results, she said.

"As crises and opportunities arise, there are tough issues we have to tackle together, from nuclear proliferation to climate change, security crises, the situation in DRC or Syria.

'Disagree as friends do'


"We do not always see eye to eye on these issues. I don't know if people always do and certainly not two nations. Sometimes we will disagree as friends do," she said.

A senior state department official said Clinton wants to "encourage South Africa to play a stronger and more influential role" in global affairs.

The two countries have appeared at odds on the approach to such conflicts as in Syria, Libya and sanctions on Iran.

South Africa, currently a non-permanent member of the UN Security Council, last month abstained from a heated vote on sanctions against Syria backed by European nations and the United States.

South Africa said it wanted a more balanced approach and measures to prod the rebels to comply with the proposed peace plan.

But a senior US diplomat said while in agreement with South Africa's concerns, "we don't think it's a parallel situation. The [Syrian] government is using military planes... so there's a slight difference on that".

South Africa's preference for longer negotiations to approach conflicts can be attributed to its historical background, the diplomat said.

Regime change

And the country "gets very nervous when words like regime change get mentioned. We are not nervous about those words," said the diplomat.

Outside the differences in tactics, "fundamentally the US and South Africa share the same values," said the official.

"Strategic dialogue with the minister is the lynchpin" of the trip, a senior US diplomat said.

Nkoana-Mashabane said SA "regards USA as an important player in the context of north-south relations".

"I believe as partners on the continent we can do more about stability and the ways we are going to foster security, economic growth and development."

She thanked Clinton for her "personal commitment to elevate this relationship."

Clinton is later set to hold talks with the newly elected chairperson of the African Union Commission, South Africa's Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma.

Dlamini-Zuma recently said she was opposed to the arrest of Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir, who is wanted by the International Criminal Court on genocide charges, because his involvement in peace talks was needed.
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