Zuma: Obama visiting SA at the right time

2013-06-29 12:12
President Jacob Zuma (Picture: AFP)

President Jacob Zuma (Picture: AFP)

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Pretoria - US president Barack Obama is visiting Africa at the right time, President Jacob Zuma said in Pretoria on Saturday.

"We are pleased to be working with you [Obama] today with a common goal of expanding trade and relations between our two countries," said Zuma in a televised press briefing.

"Mr President you are visiting Africa at the right time...We would like to see you invest in the South African economy for mutual benefit".

Youth development is a key focus area, he said.

Zuma said South Africa remained concerned at the lack of progress in the Middle East peace process.

"We are of the view that lasting peace in the Middle East will not be possible without addressing the other problems in the region.

"We are encouraged by the positive steps you [Obama] have taken to relax long standing restrictions."

On investment, Obama said he was not threatened that other countries, led by China, were investing in Africa.

The more countries that come to Africa, "the merrier", he said, but warned that Africa should be cautious of outside investment.
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