Education, skills tools to combat terrorism – Motlanthe

2010-02-12 12:24

Education, skills and creating employment can be used to fight

terrorism in Africa, Deputy President Kgalema Motlanthe told Jewish leaders from

the US in Cape Town today.

“We regard our friends in the developed north as co-partners in the

global fight against terrorism and the development of the African continent,”

Motlanthe said at a breakfast at the Jewish Museum in Cape Town.

“This is possible and is realisable through the strengthening of

our strategic objectives in capacitating people with education, skills, and in

the creation of ample employment opportunities.”

Motlanthe said South Africa empathised with both sides in the

Israeli-Palestinean conflict.

“Even when conflict erupts in the Middle East, South Africa is

able to empathise with both sides,” he said.

“When there is no exchange of bombs or gunfire, we could find a

lasting resolution to that conflict.”

Motlanthe said the government supported all international efforts

to find peace and security in the Middle East, including the implementation of

various United Nations Security Council resolutions.

“I remain an optimist and I do see peace being implemented in our

lifetime in the Middle East. All that is required is compromise and conciliation

from both sides of the conflict.”

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