5 quotes from Zuma foreign policy press conference

2015-09-16 07:08
Jacob Zuma. (GCIS)

Jacob Zuma. (GCIS)

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Johannesburg - President Jacob Zuma took to the podium at the Sefako Makgatho Presidential Guest House in Pretoria on Tuesday, where he addressed a wide range of foreign policy topics before an audience of media, diplomats, ambassadors and high commissioners based in South Africa.

Here are five pertinent statements on different subjects made by the president.

1. On Syria - "It took the painful drowning of a... Syrian child to shake the world into action. Attempts to shut borders by some European countries will not assist the situation."

2. On Libya - "I'm sure it will be appropriate our excellencies to underline this point because you all recall that before the Arab Spring and before the killing of Gaddafi, there were no refugees flying or flocking to the European countries."

3. On Palestine - "We believe that there can be no lasting peace in the Middle East for as long as Palestinians are denied their inalienable right to a state of their own."

4. On the UN - "We are also currently chairing the G77 + China. In this context, developing countries will also advocate for the reform of the United Nations system to make it more responsive to the interests and needs of the majority of its members, the developing countries. This is more so for Africa, a continent with more than one billion people which is not represented in the United Nations Security Council as a permanent member."

5. On the International Criminal Court's request for submissions regarding Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir visit to South Africa - "We are currently studying the order. We will then make a determination as to the next course of action, if any. Our own courts are also still considering the matter of President Bashir's last visit to South Africa in June, therefore, this matter is sub judice."

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