Zuma to lead SA-EU delegation

2011-09-14 12:01
Johannesburg - President Jacob Zuma would lead a delegation at the South Africa-European Union Summit in the Kruger National Park, the department of international relations and co-operation said on Wednesday.

"The summit [on Thursday] will seek to build on the positive progress that has been made since the partnership was initiated," spokesperson Clayson Monyela said.

He said the primary objective would be to address issues of mutual interest, including key government priorities of health, education, rural development, job creation and combating crime.

Other items of discussion included the upcoming conference on climate change in Durban in November, and peace and security in Africa and the Middle East.

"The EU fully supports South Africa's commitment to the African Agenda, including the African Union and its socio-economic programme, the New Partnership for Africa's Development," Monyela said.

Zuma would be joined by International Relations and Co-operations Minister Maite Nkoana-Mashabane, Defence Minister Lindiwe Sisulu, Science and Technology Minister Naledi Pandor, Water and Environmental Affairs Minister Edna Molewa, Trade and Industry Minister Rob Davies and Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan.

The EU delegation would be led by European Council president Herman van Rompuy and European Commission president José Manuel Barosso.

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