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09. März 2009

Dlamini-Zuma to Meet German Counterpart

Foreign Affairs Minister Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma arrived in Berlin on Sunday ahead of a meeting with her German counterpart, the foreign ministry said on Monday. Dlamini-Zuma, who is on a four-nation tour to Europe, will meet
German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier for bilateral discussions on Monday.

Topics on the agenda include a review of the existing political, economic and trade relations between South Africa and Germany, the upcoming G20 meeting in London and preparations for the Confederations Cup and Fifa 2010 Soccer World Cup.

Dlamini-Zuma is accompanied by the director general of foreign affairs, Ayanda Ntsaluba, South Africa's ambassador to Germany, Eddie Funde, and South Africa's consul general, Tselane Mokuena.

The visit is aimed at "consolidating bilateral political, economic and trade relations between South Africa with European countries whilst advancing North-South relations and consolidating the African agenda," the foreign ministry said in a statement.

"In this context, Minister Dlamini-Zuma visited Switzerland, the UK, and now Germany and will later this week visit Denmark."

Germany is one of South Africa's biggest export markets and was its largest source of imports in 2007.

"By 2008 imports amounted to R77 billion having grown from R44 billion in 2004," the foreign ministry said.

Source: www.anc.org.za/anc/newsbrief/index.htm

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